Dialysis Unit almost complete
Published at: 23 Aug 2019
THE $172 MILLION GOULBURN VALLEY HEALTH REDEVELOPMENT HAS BEEN UNDER WAY SINCE SEPTEMBER 2017. THE CONCRETE SLAB WAS POURED FOR THE HOSPITAL‘S NEW DIALYSIS UNIT AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR. WITH JUST A FEW MONTHS UNTIL COMPLETION, GV HEALTH STAFF ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO MOVING INTO THE NEW FACILITY WHICH WILL INCREASE THE HOSPITAL‘S CAPACITY TO TREAT PATIENTS ON DIALYSIS.
The first of Goulburn Valley Health‘s newly built facilities is soon to be completed as part of the hospital‘s enormous redevelopment.
GV Health Executive Director of Infrastructure Sandy Chamberlin said building contractor Lendlease hoped to hand the building over to the hospital by mid-October.
She said the contractor was busy energising the building last week, ensuring power was flowing through to all outlets.
GV Health staff have been busy preparing to move into the new facility.
Ms Chamberlin said the next step would involve fitting out the building with furnishings, medical equipment, beds and more.
“It is exciting because it‘s the first part of the redevelopment in construction phase that will now go into the delivery and operational phases,” she said.
“It‘s an opportunity for us to show what the new build will look like.”
The new Dialysis Unit is located to the right-hand side of the GV Health‘s entrance and will connect with the main building.
The building is currently fenced off, with the Glasshouse Café‘s exterior seating also out of action while works take place outside the new unit.
Ms Chamberlin said it was expected the unit would be fully operational by early November.
“A team has been meeting each fortnight to make sure we‘re ready to be fully operational.”
Ms Chamberlin said prior to the opening of the new facility, staff would have specific training so they could familiarise themselves with the new building.
“All that has to happen beforehand, so we‘re absolutely across everything,” she said.
GV Health‘s executive director of clinical operations Donna Sherringham said this was due to the fact staff were so used to working in the current facilities.
She said staff would work through tour scenarios of the new unit, once the building had been handed over, to ensure they felt comfortable and knew exactly where everything was.
“We do this so patient care isn‘t compromised,” Ms Sherringham said.
She said this included familiarising themselves with things such as light switches and airconditioning right through to operating the service panels at each bed.
To read hear from GV Health Dialysis nurse unit manager Natalie Sheehan click here.
There are now four building sites in place across the GV Health campus in Graham St, Shepparton. These areas will be fenced off for the next 12 to 15 months as the IPU, ED and dialysis building works are completed. Please be aware that parking for patients, visitors and staff will be at minimum levels for this period.
To ensure you are able to attend your appointments, GV Health recommends the following:
• Leave 15 minutes early to allow time to find a car park.
• Arrange for someone to drive you and pick you up.
• Park nearby but please be mindful of our neighbours and pay attention to parking signs and time restrictions.