Improved scope of healthcare delivery
Published at: 31 Jul 2020
WITH GV HEALTH’S NEW DIALYSIS UNIT AND EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT ALREADY OPERATING, THE SHIFT OF SERVICES INTO ITS NEW INPATIENT UNIT BUILDING MARKS A HUGE MILESTONE FOR THE HEALTH SERVICE. AFTER YEARS OF WATCHING THE BUILDING GROW, STAFF ARE EXCITED TO BE MOVING SERVICES INTO THE FIVE-STOREY TOWER.
Several of GV Health’s clinical services have moved into the health service’s new five-storey Inpatient Unit Building during recent weeks.
The building was completed as part of the first stage of the $229.3 million redevelopment, marking the beginning of the next phase of refurbishment at GV Health’s Graham St campus.
The Inpatient Unit Building now contains the Critical Care Unit (formerly Intensive Care Unit), Surgical Unit, Theatre and Day of Surgery Admission (DOSA).
GV Health’s Maternity Unit and Birthing Suite have also temporarily moved into the building while refurbishments take place to the existing maternity facilities.
“There will also be extensive refurbishment of the existing Day Procedure Unit and Operating Theatres through to late 2021,” GV Health Executive Director of Clinical Operations Donna Sherringham said.
GV Health Chief Executive Matt Sharp said the redevelopment provided larger, modern healthcare facilities.
He said the expanded facilities would provide healthcare for the local Goulburn Valley community, as well as a large part of northern Victoria and southern NSW.
“Stage one of the redevelopment is bringing state-of-the-art healthcare services to the region so that regional people do not have to travel to metropolitan areas to receive the healthcare they require,” Mr Sharp said.
“We now have this brand new five-storey Inpatient Unit that we have now moved into, allowing us to provide outstanding care to those in our region.
“This will complement the new Emergency Department which opened in June and the new Dialysis Unit which opened last November,” Mr Sharp said.
Aside from the shifted services, the Inpatient Unit also includes a new mortuary with an adjoining garden, a new kitchen, two 32-bed inpatient wards, four new theatre spaces, and new plant areas on Levels 4 and 5 which supply essential utility and information technology and communication services across the whole site.
GV Health’s Capital Projects, Infrastructure and Support Services Executive Director Jacinta Russell said that while the Inpatient Unit Building was now completed, there were many staged moves to take place before all levels would be fully occupied and used as they were intended.
“We now move into the next phase of the redevelopment which is the refurbishment works of the former Emergency Department, Special Care Nursery, Maternity Ward and our Theatre complex which will require a lot of coordination and staged moves that will occur over the coming months,” she said.
Ms Russell said it was pleasing to move into the building ahead of schedule, which was achievable due to a joint acceleration project between the Victorian Government, Lendlease and GV Health.
The project was a result of the COVID-19 outbreak when it was identified there could be an enhanced need for beds across healthcare services.
“We are really excited for our community that the Inpatient Building is now complete,” Ms Russell said.
“Everyone in the Goulburn Valley has been watching this tower being built for the past three years and we are extremely pleased to be able to move into this building ahead of schedule during a time when our community needs it the most.
“To quickly increase capacity and meet the health needs of the community during COVID-19, necessary adjustments were made to the redevelopment, but it is still estimated all works will be finished in late 2021.”
Mr Sharp also acknowledged the hard work involved in accelerating the completion of the construction.
“I would like to thank the Victorian Government for their support throughout the project and Lendlease as well as their contractors for accelerating completion of the construction program since the COVID-19 pandemic began,” he said.
“GV Health now has access to more clinical inpatient areas as a result of this, which is a great outcome for the region.”