Surgeons tour new operating theatres

April 26, 2016:

FullSizeRenderLocal surgeons and anaesthetists will deliver world-class healthcare in a world class environment as completion of the new Bendigo Hospital Project draws closer. Bendigo Health Board Chair, Bob Cameron, joined local surgeons and anaesthetists on a tour of the new theatre complex today, to showcase what will be their new working environment in 2017.

“The operating theatres in the new Bendigo hospital are state-of-the-art,” Mr Cameron said.

“The room layout and technology that has been integrated into the design and build of the operating theatres will ensure patients receive outstanding treatment from our surgeons and their clinical teams.”

The new Bendigo hospital is being built to cater for the next 50 years and it allows for expansion in decades ahead for an increased theatre capacity of up to 11 theatres.The features of the new theatre complex include, state–of-the-art anaesthetic machines, a patient flow management system, a fully integrated patient monitoring system that will allow doctors and nurses to see the vital signs of patients from remote areas, a three stage recovery area and improved infection control.

“All of these features incorporated into the design are to improve patient care, unnecessary waiting times and streamline hospital services,” Mr Cameron added.

operating theatre visit“An exclusive patient elevator, that will service Theatres, Intensive Care, Maternity and the Emergency Department, will also result in improved patient flow and treatment for critically ill patients.”

Bendigo Health Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr John Edington, said staff have given a lot of time towards providing input and feedback during the design process to ensure the best possible outcome.

“The effort and engagement of both clinical and support staff has been enormous,” he said.

“The design of all of the clinical areas has been reviewed and refined by the people who will be working there, to ensure the best outcome for patients today and into the future.

“It is a great credit to Bendigo Health clinical and support staff who have managed this while at the same time treating record numbers of patients in the existing hospital.” #ends#


Mercy Street reopened

Important message: Traffic and pedestrian access to Mercy Street has reopened, as of Monday May 9, 2016. The improved resurfaced street features newly designed parallel parking bays, aggregate footpaths, improved concrete kerbs, edging and channelling.

Vehicles and pedestrians can now access Mercy Street via Barnard Street, resuming normal access to destinations such as the current hospital kitchen; Monash School of Rural Health; La Trobe Rural Health School and the Good Loaf café plus Bendigo Health’s John Lindell Rehabilitation, Marjorie Phillips and hospice units.

The temporary detour via Arnold Street provided during the closure will no longer be in use, as traffic conditions have resumed to normal. Mercy Street will form the new hospital’s public entrance and we thank you for your cooperation during this part of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

Click here for public access map.

Construction update, April 2016

SLO_0336Work continues to move at a healthy pace at the Bendigo Hospital Project, putting the development on track for a late-January 2017 opening of services at the new hospital.

Quality is at the forefront of all work at the Bendigo Hospital Project, and that’s why it’s vital that ‘quality and sign-off’ inspections continue to assess and test the functionality of the hospital. These site-walks involve key representatives from Exemplar Health, Lendlease, Spotless, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and Bendigo Health’s managers and clinical staff – all closely observing the many aspects of the building’s healthcare layout and features. In addition, an independent reviewer is an integral part of the completion process, also undertaking regular inspections at this important stage.

Currently we have an estimated 500 workers on site, and this month we’ve seen a solid focus on completion and the internal fit-out work is really taking shape. These works include the final stages of joinery and fixtures installation, so the myriad of pipes, leads, cabling and trays required for services such as ‘nurse call’, power, lights, data and communications are gradually disappearing from view as the fit-out progresses.

Also nearing completion are areas such as the emergency department, the cancer centre and the intensive care unit plus medical imaging, pathology and outpatient areas. The kitchen, materials supply and loading dock areas are also the scene of much attention, as final cleaning tasks signal the completion of this part of the hospital.

The soft landscaping of the building’s courtyard areas has started with workers laying artificial turf, and installing the irrigation for the future maintenance of plants.

The scaffolding is still in the process of removal within the ‘main street’ part of the new building, which will serve as the new internal entrance fronting onto Mercy Street, and the future location of cafes.

Site hoardings have been removed from the Drought Street frontage, which now allows for work on the new emergency department drop-off area, including stormwater drainage connections and roadworks. With the hoardings removed and temporary fencing installed, the hospital has taken on a new perspective, as the building strikingly emerges from its cloak of construction.

The Bendigo Hospital Project also encompasses historic buildings on campus that have a special place in Bendigo Health’s history. One significant landmark on the site is the Anne Caudle Centre. Bendigo Health’s building and infrastructure team has appointed Kane Constructions to conduct exterior works to this building in the weeks to come, demolishing a non-original extension on the west side of the building. This timeworn uncharacteristic addition will be removed to make way for the construction of an atrium-style stairwell and lift to provide compliant and contemporary disability access, and toilets to meet the needs of people with disabilities. This modernises the Anne Caudle building, while keeping all original features intact. The work starts in early May, and once completed will greatly assist all visitors to the Anne Caudle building, providing easy access to each floor.

Hoardings have been erected on a small section of the Hope Street footpath, to allow for works by Kane Constructions to be carried out on the brick wall. These works will widen an existing entrance, and a temporary crossover and gates will be installed for trucks to access the western side of the site. This vehicle access is a temporary measure, and once works are finished, the entrance will resume its permanent use as a pedestrian-only route.

In early May, Mercy Street will reopen, providing new parallel parking and pedestrian access. The temporary detour via Arnold Street, in place since February, will be closed, once traffic starts to access Mercy Street. Preparations have begun nearby, with plans for temporary parking and pedestrian diversions near the John Lindell Rehabilitation and Marjorie Phillips units in the coming months. This work includes the reconfiguration of the carpark design to allow for an increase in visitor parking bays near the units. Further updates will bring you more details about the ongoing works at the Bendigo Hospital Project.



Building on Art and Community

SLO_0325 The Bendigo Hospital Project has been busy with extra works of a different kind this month. That’s because project consortium Exemplar Health has encouraged the children at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre to don their painting smocks and enjoy the process of art-making.

It’s all been part of an Exemplar Health art auction event this week, which involved exhibiting the children’s artwork and including each work in a silent auction, with prizes awarded. The event raised $2000 – will all proceeds going to the Bendigo Health Foundation.

In preparation for the event, last month, the young ones at Jenny’s Early Learning Centre, located on the Bendigo Hospital Lucan Street site, visited the Bendigo Art Gallery and Arts Hotel, The Schaller Studio, for a good helping of creative inspiration. Taking a sneak peek and selecting the most outstanding artworks was a judging panel made up of Bendigo Art Gallery senior curator, Tansy Curtin; Coliban Water chief financial officer and Bendigo Health Foundation board member Peter Leersen; Exemplar Health chairman, Stephen McDonough and Victorian Government architect Jill Garner. Works were selected on the basis of ‘use of colour’, ‘choice of subject’ and ‘popular judges’ choice’, and were viewed by the panel at the childcare centre. FullSizeRender

According to Exemplar Health chief executive, Michele Morrison, the event, in its second year, highlights the success of the Bendigo Hospital Project and its strong links to community.

“This colourful event has brought together two thriving local businesses, Jenny’s Early Learning Centre and The Schaller Studio, both which have been established here as part of stage one of the Bendigo Hospital Project.

“We have also appreciated the valued expertise of Tansy Curtin, curator at the Bendigo Art Gallery and the generous support of Bendigo Bank, all part of an array of community contribution which culminated in a fabulous event, highlighting the Bendigo Health Foundation and its many important causes,” she said.

“Children need an open-minded attitude to nurture the process of creativity, they need to feel comfortable to explore, discover, and learn new things – and the Bendigo Art Gallery, Jenny’s Early Learning Centre and The Schaller Studio have provided just the right amount instruction and inspiration need to stir their creativity,” she added.

Bendigo Bank provided a complimentary gift to all the children who participated in the art show, and the three finalists Winners on the night (JELC youngsters: Dhanya Jani, Chris Xu and Ben McAuliffe) each received a $25 Bendigo Bank ‘Piggy Saver’ account voucher.
Jenny’s Early Learning Centre managing director, Darren Reid explained that research shows children who grow up believing they are creative, have a better chance of finding constructive outlets for creative energy in later years. He said that early childhood development is based around fostering a child’s confidence and sense of identity.

“A child’s creativity will not be just a memory; it will be a valuable, personal resource to use every day. The ability to imagine, to create and express develops self-esteem and their appreciation of cultural diversity within their community,” he said.

Mr Reid said that art is an important part of his childcare centre’s educational program.

“Jenny’s program and daily routine is based on our ‘play, explore, learn’ philosophy, which ensures that each child is challenged and engaged,” he said, “And art is very much part of that ethos.”