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The Alfred Hospital

The Alfred Hospital, also known as The Alfred or Alfred Hospital, is a leading tertiary teaching hospital in Melbourne, Victoria. It is the second oldest hospital in Victoria, and the oldest Melbourne hospital still operating on its original site.[2] The Alfred is one of two major adult trauma centres in Victoria, and houses the largest intensive care unit in Australia. It is located at the corner of Commercial and Punt Roads, Prahran, opposite Fawkner Park.

The Alfred Hospital
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LocationMelbourne, Victoria, Australia
Coordinates37°50′46″S 144°58′58″E / 37.8461°S 144.9827°E / -37.8461; 144.9827Coordinates: 37°50′46″S 144°58′58″E / 37.8461°S 144.9827°E / -37.8461; 144.9827
Affiliated universityMonash University
HelipadICAO : YAFD
Number Length Surface
ft m
1 concrete
Founded1871; 148 years ago (1871)


Moves were already underway to establish a second hospital when Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, in Australia on a royal visit, was shot in an unsuccessful assassination attempt. The new "Hospital by the Yarra" (as well as Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital) was named for him. It was founded in 1871. In 1957, The Alfred was the first hospital in Australia to place a patient on cardiopulmonary bypass to treat complex cardiac lesions. It is a major teaching hospital affiliated with Monash University.


The Alfred Hospital provides specialty services in the treatment of cancer, asthma, psychiatry, and allergies, in cardiology, and in neurosurgery; houses the largest intensive care unit in Australia; and contains many unique state health facilities, including adult cystic fibrosis services and the only adult burns centre in Victoria and Tasmania. It has always been a leader in offering new treatments and services. The Alfred is Victoria's only Adult Heart and Lung transplantation service and Australia's only Paediatric Lung transplantation service. The hospital is administered by the Metropolitan Health Service Alfred Health. In addition to being one of the two major trauma centres in Victoria, The Alfred has a state of the art helipad, located over Commercial Road.

The Alfred also benefits from collaboration with the Alfred Research Alliance, a consortium of medical research institutions located onsite.

Specialty unitsEdit

Some of the specialty units within The Alfred Hospital include:

  • Adult Cystic Fibrosis Unit
  • Allergy [1], Asthma and Clinical Immunology - unique in Australia
  • Helen Macpherson Smith Burns Unit - unique in Victoria
  • Infectious Diseases Unit - includes state HIV/AIDS service
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Lung Transplant Unit - second largest in the world
  • Psychiatry Unit accommodating 60 acute inpatients, including two APICSS (Alfred Psychiatry Intensive Care Statewide Service) beds
  • State Major Trauma Service - including road trauma centre
  • The Heart Centre - World Health Organization Centre for Research and Training
  • Largest Mechanical Circulatory Support Service in Australasia (Ventricular Assist Devices)
  • Largest Adult ECMO centre in Australia
  • Largest Hyperbaric unit in the Southern hemisphere
  • William Buckland Radiotherapy Centre - Specialists in Brachytherapy, Stereotactic Radiosurgery and General External Beam Therapy.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Lowthian, J., Curtis, A., Straney, L., McKimm, A., Keogh, M. and Stripp, A. (2015), Redesigning emergency patient flow with timely quality care at the Alfred. Emergency Medicine Australasia, 27: 35–41. doi: 10.1111/1742-6723.12338
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