Grampians Health Ballarat offers a mixed emergency department, caring for both adults and children. We care for all genders, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and we are open 24-hours-a-day every day of the year.

In an emergency contact 000

If you are unsure whether you need emergency care, consider making a phone call first - you may be given the advice and guidance you need to stay well at home.

You can contact:

  • Nurse on Call on 1300 60 60 24
  • The National Coronavirus Helpline on 1800 020 080

Urgent care, when it isn’t an emergency

Those seeking urgent medical care when it’s not an emergency now have access to a Priority Primary Care Centre (PPCC) in Ballarat.  

PPCCs are GP-led services that aim to reduce demand on emergency departments by providing an alternative service for non-emergency conditions. 

Please let your family and friends know about this new service, which is located at 4 Windermere Street, Ballarat. For more information visit: 


What do we do in the Emergency Department?

The Emergency Department (ED) has a total of 43 treatment spaces made up of:

  • Triage area
  • Resuscitation cubicles
  • Acute cubicles
  • Minor injury / fast track
  • Short-stay unit

What can you expect when you visit ED?

When you arrive at the emergency department, please go straight to the triage nurse, where you will be ‘triaged’ (categorised) by a nurse.

Patients will be treated in order of urgency; this ensures we attend to the sickest patients first.

You may be asked the following questions by the triage nurse:

  • Previous health problems
  • Current medications
  • Recent overseas travel
  • Allergies
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Any other relevant information you think we should know about

You will be seen by a doctor as soon as possible. In certain circumstances our medical team may be attending to a life-threatening condition in the department. This may result in an extended wait time.


Often, prior to seeing the doctor, you may be assessed by a senior nurse who may arrange for blood tests or x-rays and provide you with medication. This helps streamline the system and ease some of your symptoms/pain.

How can you access this service?

People can walk in off the street and we also help people arriving by ambulance.            

The two entrances are different, so although the waiting room may look empty, we may still have a full department.

Are there appointments?

The Emergency Department does not make appointments. Our unit aims to see the sickest patients as a priority.

At times, we may ask you to return at a set time for review or follow-up. We will try to see you ASAP.

We do not give advice over the telephone and cannot provide information about waiting times, as this can change within minutes.

We can refer you to a nurse on call if you want medical phone advice.

Ballarat Base Hospital


1 Drummond Street North
Ballarat VIC 3350


03 5320 4000  

Opening Hours

24 hours a day every day of the year

In an emergency contact 000

Non-emergency care options

For non-emergency medical attention, you can: 

GoodSAM app

GoodSAM is a free global smartphone app that alerts responders to someone nearby in cardiac arrest. GoodSAM is linked to the Triple Zero (000) communications centre, so as soon as an ambulance is dispatched, a GoodSAM alert will notify you.

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