Redevelopment will be completed early to cope with COVID-19 pandemic
Published at: 17 Apr 2020
AN ACCELERATED PROGRAM HAS ENABLED THE DELIVERY OF GV HEALTH’S INPATIENT UNIT TOWER ABOUT EIGHT WEEKS EARLIER THAN ORIGINALLY PLANNED.
GV Health will soon have access to a dedicated Intensive Care Unit ward as well as a dedicated inpatient unit ward for high-care COVID-19 patients.
“GV Health will now have access to the Inpatient Unit tower a number of weeks sooner than was originally planned before the COVID-19 epidemic became such a concern,” GV Health Chief Executive Matt Sharp said.
“The accelerated program will create additional intensive care beds and general ward beds for GV Health to treat and care for people with COVID-19 and also allow us to continue to provide essential clinical services as well.”
The initiative saw the health service come together with the Victorian Government, Lendlease and their contractors.
Lendlease Site Manager Robert McGregor said staff had worked tirelessly, even giving up their Easter break, to ensure the early completion of the building works.
He said it was in late March when Lendlease put out a “call to arms” to rally the workforce together to complete the acceleration project.
“Because the vast majority of our workers are Shepparton locals, or are from the outlying region, this is our community hospital,” Mr McGregor said.
“The community has called on them to do their bit during this global crisis.”
Mr McGregor said staff had been working across 24-hour periods with day and night shifts, while also maintaining the same standard of construction.
“Nobody has sat back and said it’s too hard,” he said.
Lendlease Construction Manager Michael Roberts said the company had devised a series of initiatives to minimise the risk of exposure and reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“We’ve segregated our workforce to minimise large gatherings,” he said.
“This includes implementing staggered shifts on larger sites, reducing meeting numbers, providing additional break facilities to cater to smaller groups, and minimising interactions with groups of people from multiple locations.
“Where possible, we’ve relocated site office staff who can work from home and are utilising digital tools to reduce the need for face-to-face interactions.”
Mr McGregor said he was proud to work for a company that was ensuring the wellbeing of the community.
“Lendlease has very strong community values and when we move into a community, we try to engage with them as much as we can,” he said.
“We want to support Shepparton and the Department of Health and Human Services as much as is in our power.
“We’d also like to thank the DHHS for their ongoing support during this difficult period. We’re proud to be working collaboratively to make this acceleration happen.”
Mr Sharp said he was recently fortunate to receive a short tour through the new Inpatient Unit tower alongside Mr McGregor and Construction Manager Michael Roberts.
He thanked Lendlease and its contractors, as well as the Victorian Government, for supporting the initiative to accelerate the construction of the redevelopment under way at GV Health’s Graham St, Shepparton, site.
Mr Sharp acknowledged the hard work of Lendlease’s staff and contractors to make this happen.
“(They) have been working 24-hour shifts for a number of weeks to make this happen,” he said.
“A number of Lendlease staff and contractors worked through Easter as well.
“Thanks again to all of you. It is greatly appreciated by GV Health and indeed our region.”