Emergency Department

Northern Health is home to the Victorian Virtual Emergency Department

The Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (VVED) is a public health service treating patients virtually for non-life-threatening emergencies.

The VVED is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week with medical reviews available between the hours of 8am-11.30pm 7 days a week.

More information is available on the VVED website:


For other clinical enquiries you can contact the ED triage physician on Tel: 8405 8815, option 3.

Service Overview

The Northern Hospital Emergency Department provides comprehensive adult and paediatric emergency care 24/7.

A minimum of three specialist Emergency Physicians are on site between 7.30 am and 12 pm every day and are supported by a large team of emergency registrars and medical officers 24/7.

A separate section dedicated to paediatric emergency care was built within the department in 2014. Specialist Paediatric Emergency Physicians and nurses are employed seven days a week to provide care to children in this area.

Patients requiring admission for acute surgical intervention for Neurosurgical, Ophthalmology or Ear Nose and Throat conditions are transferred to our sub-speciality partners at other health services.

How to Refer

No referral is necessary however a phone call to provide details regarding your patient is appreciated and will be taken by an Emergency Physician Tel: 8405 8815, option 3.

Helpful information includes:

Name, Date of Birth, Northern Health UR number (if known), clinical problem, recent test results, key psychosocial social issues and current treatment.