A step closer to expanding emergency care
Published at: 03 Jul 2020
AN EXCITING MILESTONE OF GV HEALTH’S $229 MILLION REDEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN REACHED WITH THE NEW EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT OPENING LAST WEEK. THE NEW FACILITY WILL NOW BE USED WHILE GV HEALTH’S FORMER ED IS CLOSED FOR REFURBISHMENT. ONCE COMPLETED, GV HEALTH WILL DOUBLE ITS CAPACITY FOR EMERGENCY CARE.
GV Health’s new Emergency Department opened to the public late last week, the second building to be completed as part of its $229 million Stage 1 redevelopment.
The new building consists of three resuscitation bays, two isolation rooms with ensuites, a bariatric room, eight open cubicles, a mental health consultation room, a forensic consultation room, two triage rooms, an ambulance triage area and interview room, and a waiting room.
GV Health chief executive Matt Sharp said it was an important milestone for Stage 1 of GV Health’s Graham St redevelopment.
“It’s terrific for staff to have a brand new, beautiful environment to work out of that’s much more spacious, brighter and lighter than the former ED,” he said.
“Most importantly as well, it’s terrific for our community and the patients that are going to receive care and treatment in that brand-new ED.”
GV Health Emergency Department Acting Nurse Unit Manager Jodie Schumann said feedback from ED staff had been positive since moving into the new facility, despite it being a busy time.
“We were really happy with the way it went. All things considered, it went really well,” he said.
Mr Sharp highlighted the fact that GV Health was able to retain some of the space in the former ED which will now be used as a respiratory clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We were originally hoping that we would move (into the new ED) in April this year but we had to defer the planned moving date,” he said.
“This meant we had an opportunity to take time to do some redesigns of the existing ED.
“(The retained space) gives us additional areas to care for patients that we wouldn’t have had available to us.
“That’s really critical as we continue to respond to COVID-19 and it gives us the ability to stream and separate patients that have respiratory symptoms from those patients that don’t which is really significant to be able to keep staff and patients safe as they’re coming into ED.”
Mr Sharp said it would take at least 12 months to refurbish the former ED, resulting in double the current space.
“While we are all very excited about moving into the new ED, it will take some time for the former ED to be refurbished,” he said.
“We will have some additional areas for treatment however it is expected that this will change as sections of the refurbishment works become available and/or unavailable.
“Once the former ED is refurbished, which already includes a breakthrough to connect the former and new ED, the capacity increases from 18 treatment area bays to 36.
“The expansion means that more people than ever will be able to get the high-quality and safe emergency care they need, faster and closer to home.’’
Ms Schumann said the expansion of emergency care was a crucial part of the redevelopment at GV Health.
“I think it’s really important given the whole hospital is going to be redeveloped,” she said.
“We need to be able to facilitate everyone in this growing population.
“To support the rest of the redevelopment, it was important for us to get established and eventually transfer to the bigger hospital, which we’re all really looking forward to.”
GV Health’s Capital Projects, Infrastructure and Support Services Executive Director Jacinta Russell said the building works at Graham Street had continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure that the new and expanded facilities would still be delivered on time.
“It has been a challenging time for all health services across the world, including GV Health, and while managing and preparing for COVID-19 half of the health service has also been under construction,” she said.
“Completion of the new ED is one of the major milestones in this redevelopment and we look forward to the refurbishment of the former ED being completed towards the end of 2021.”