Box Hill Hospital

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Box Hill Hospital
Eastern Health
Location Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates 37°49′00″S 145°08′00″E / 37.8167°S 145.1333°E / -37.8167; 145.1333Coordinates: 37°49′00″S 145°08′00″E / 37.8167°S 145.1333°E / -37.8167; 145.1333
Care system Medicare
Hospital type Teaching, General
Affiliated university Monash University, La Trobe University, Deakin University
Beds 621
Founded 1956

Box Hill Hospital is a teaching hospital in Melbourne, Victoria. It is one of the seven hospitals that are governed within the Eastern Health network which provides health care services across the Eastern metropolitan area of Victoria.[1]

Established in 1956, Box Hill Hospital is the a large acute hospital in Box Hill, Victoria which admits more than 48,000 patients each year.[2]

The hospital provides a wide range of healthcare services including: emergency care, general and specialist medicine, intensive care, mental health services for children, adolescents and adults, maternity services, post-acute care programs, surgery, teaching and research.

Box Hill Hospital is a university teaching hospital affiliated with Monash, La Trobe and Deakin Universities.[1]

Upton house patient Garth Daniel's case made headlines late 2015 due to him receiving forced ECT (electroshock therapy) against his wishes. Mr Daniels is in the process of taking this issue to court.[3][4][5]

In 2016 Box Hill Hospital celebrated its 60th anniversary with a staff event.[6]

Bunjil the Eagle[edit]

Bunjil the Eagle, which stands 2.8 metres tall, creates a welcoming environment for Aboriginal patients, staff and their families inside Box Hill Hospital’s new main entrance. Bunjil was carved from a sugar gum tree by renowned Aboriginal artist Glenn Romanis.[7]


Located on Level 3 of the new 10-storey building, the service includes 10 birthing rooms (five with birthing baths, pictured below), 31 post-natal beds, a special care nursery, foetal monitoring assessment area and outpatient clinics.[8]


The new Emergency Department (entrance via Rodgerson Road) is open and the former Emergency Department (Nelson Road) is now closed.[9][9]


The idea of a local hospital to serve the Box Hill area first surfaced around 1937, with a 4.5-acre (1.8 ha) site in Nelson Road being acquired from the Rodgerson estate in 1945. Construction started in early 1949 but because of funding issues the hospital did not open until April 1956.[10] Its original name was the Box Hill and District Hospital.


The Box Hill hospital provides the following services:

  • Emergency care
  • general and specialist medicine
  • intensive care
  • mental health services for children, adolescents and adults
  • maternity services
  • post acute care programs
  • specialist surgery.

The Box Hill Hospital Redevelopment Project[edit]

Box Hill Hospital’s new $448 million clinical services building was opened by former Victorian Premier Denis Napthine in August 2014.[11] The project was completed ahead of schedule.[12] Patients were moved to the new building on the 30th of September 2014.[13] The 10-storey Arnold St building houses the hospital’s new emergency department, as well as maternity, cardiac and intensive care units.Box Hill Hospital’s new 10-storey clinical services block (known as Building A) has been designed to accommodate future growth in Melbourne’s east.[7]

On 9 December 2009, the Victorian Labor government approved $407.5 million in funding for the redevelopment of the Box Hill Hospital. Plans for a new building to be constructed over the car park at the rear of the hospital and the Clive Ward building area were completed in 2014. .[14]

New facilities[7][edit]

  • An increase of more than 200 beds
  • A larger, more efficient emergency department
  • A new 18-bed intensive care unit
  • 10 new operating theatres, with an 11th for future expansion
  • Improved women and children’s services
  • More inpatient and day beds for cancer and renal patients
  • Two floors of basement parking to provide 212 spaces for community use.

The previous Box Hill Hospital building (known as Building B) has be refurbished to include:[15]

  • Thoroughfare between the two buildings, with a wide, contemporary open space on the ground floor connecting Building A to Building B
  • Diagnostic cardiology with a direct link to the Cardiology inpatient unit in Building A
  • A new contemporary endoscopy suite
  • Refurbished specialist clinics

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "About us". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Box Hill Hospital". Retrieved 2016-06-29. 
  3. ^ "Mental health patient sues hospital over 'shock therapy'". ABC News. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Is it ever acceptable to apply electro convulsive therapy against a patient's will?". Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  5. ^ "State examining treatment of man subjected to multiple cases of shock therapy". The Age. 2016-02-14. Retrieved 2016-04-07. 
  6. ^ "Sixty years sees Box Hill boom". Sixty years sees Box Hill boom. 
  7. ^ a b c "Box Hill Hospital Redeveopment" (PDF). 
  8. ^ "Box Hill Hospital website". 
  9. ^ a b "Box Hill Hospital". Retrieved 2016-06-30. 
  10. ^ Lemon, Andrew (1978). Box Hill. Lothian Publishing. p. 201. ISBN 0-85091-064-1. 
  11. ^ "Doors open at new Box Hill Hospital building worth $448m in Arnold St" – via Herald Sun Victoria. 
  12. ^ "Box Hill Hospital redevelopment months ahead of schedule and due to open in August" – via Herald Sun Victoria. 
  13. ^ "Eastern Health Quarterly Summer 2014 Edition". 
  14. ^ Service & Capital Planning Section of the Victorian State Government, Department of Health, Australia, "Box Hill Hospital Redevelopment Project", The Victorian Government Health Information, 7 February 2011
  15. ^ "Box Hill Hospital celebrates Redevelopment anniversary, welcomes Refurbishment". 

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