The Alfred is a major tertiary referral teaching hospital. It has a major role in the provision of specialist tertiary and quaternary services on a statewide and national basis.
Specialist services include trauma services, emergency and intensive care, comprehensive cancer services, blood diseases, respiratory medicine, melanoma, bone marrow transplant, cardiology / cardiovascular services, neurosurgery, general and specialist surgery and medicine, psychiatry and diagnostic services.
The Alfred's statewide services include heart and lung replacement and transplantation, cystic fibrosis, burns, HIV/AIDS, haemophilia, sexual health, hyperbaric medicine and elective surgery.
The Alfred provides acute and mental health care services to the residents of the local municipalities to meet the health needs of the local community. These services are provided in a range of inpatient and ambulatory settings and in partnership with other community providers.
Founded in 1871, The Alfred is the oldest Melbourne hospital that is operating on its original site.
The hospital was built in honour of His Royal Highness, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh, who survived an assassination attempt in 1868 while visiting Australia. The people of Melbourne were so thankful for the safety of the Prince that they established a fund to build a hospital in his name.
Since that time, The Alfred has been recognised as a pacesetter in the national medical arena and has consistently been linked to progressive developments in acute care, medical research and health care teaching.
Today, The Alfred enjoys a reputation as one of the world's leading health care providers - largely attributable to its concentration of specialist leading edge services, including Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart and Lung Transplant, Trauma Care, Oncology and Respiratory Medicine.
The Alfred provides the most comprehensive range of specialist medical and surgical services in Victoria and offers every form of medical treatment - with the exception of obstetrics and paediatrics.