The main function of the emergency department is to treat patients who are suffering from a serious illness or injury that could lead to severe complications if medical treatment is not received quickly. The Northern Hospital’s Emergency Department treats both adults and children 24 hours a day. Click here for more information.
The Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (VVED), is a public health service for non-life-threatening emergencies. You can access emergency care from anywhere in Victoria, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You will be connected to doctors and nurse practitioners, who are trained to assist you. If you are eligible, you will be connected virtually to emergency doctors and nurses who will provide medical advice, from the comfort of your own home or workplace. As your consultation will be via video, you will need a device with a camera to use this service. Interpreter services are available for patients who prefer to speak in their own language. Click here for more information.
Priority Primary Care Centres (PPCCs) provide urgent medical treatment for non-life-threatening injuries or illnesses. PPCCs are a Victorian Government funded service designed to support our busy hospital emergency departments by providing the community with an alternative, in-person, urgent medical treatment service. Click here for more information. They are led by highly skilled doctors and nurses to provide you with urgent medical care. Within the Northern region of Melbourne, there are two PPCCs located in Epping and Craigieburn. To download the PPCC brochure, click here.