Construction update – September, 2016

September 1, 2016: This month at the Bendigo Hospital Project, we are starting to see the final phase of the internal finishes, fit-out and furnishing stage. This advanced stage is very evident in the new hospital’s atrium-styled ‘main street’, where the activity is focused on fine-tuning the overall finishes, including the area of tiling, which is more than 90 per cent complete. Permanent fittings are now being installed such as the new hospital’s reception desk and feature glass panels and doors for the retail spaces, which are set to open when the new hospital opens in late January 2017. Furnishings for the new hospital’s meeting rooms have arrived on site, and much of the specialist clinical equipment is due through the doors this month.
Landscaping
On site we’re seeing an average of 330 workers on a daily basis; some of these workers are busy in areas such as the new hospital’s courtyards and the Drought Street forecourt, where the landscaping work is fully underway. The well-advanced landscaping work in the majority of courtyards is a solid indicator of the project’s headway, for instance – outdoor patio areas in the psychiatry area, on level two, are making terrific progress.In Mercy Street the footpath landscaping will take on a new look, with the planting of Spotted Gum trees along both sides of the thoroughfare. Mercy Street will be the hospital’s main gateway when it opens next year.
Demolition
Bendigo Health’s old kitchen and supply buildings site have now been demolished and demolition works will soon start on Perrin Plaza and the old staff amenities building to pave the way for extensive landscaping works.
Testing 
Quality testing and inspections continue throughout the facility, to ensure it adheres to the highest levels of engineering and technical excellence. These inspections take place with Bendigo Health staff to ensure the clinical aspects required for a fully-functioning, fit-for-purpose, contemporary hospital is achieved. Next month operational readiness testing will be a focus.
Highlights this month:
• The linear accelerator units are installed and operational readiness testing has begun
• The newly fitted patient-entertainment systems are being trialled and tested
• A total of 227 patient monitors have arrived, 203 are now installed, with 20 to follow early this month
• Larger equipment, such as beds, are being installed – 250 beds and stretchers have arrived
• The MRI machine arrives at the hospital for installation
• The CT scanner arrives for installation, plus other medical imaging equipment
• Three advanced forest trees are planted in the internal ‘main street’ atrium
• A feature series of glass panels in radiotherapy are fully fitted

External construction progress can still be monitored on the webcam available at the Bendigo Hospital Project website home page.

State announces massive jobs and cash boost

August, 24, 2016: Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan today announced that the new Bendigo Hospital will create an additional 220 jobs in its first 12 months of operation.The announcement comes after the State Government committed an additional $32.17 million to Bendigo Health’s 2016-17 annual operating budget. “The new Bendigo Hospital is the biggest ever project for Bendigo and we are not only investing in the building itself, but also in Bendigo Health’s future operations within it,” Ms Allan said.

Bendigo Health board chairman Bob Cameron and Bendigo Health acting CEO Robyn Lindsay joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan MP to announce jobs and funding boost.

Bendigo Health board chairman Bob Cameron and Bendigo Health acting CEO Robyn Lindsay joined Member for Bendigo East Jacinta Allan MP (centre) to announce jobs and funding boost. Pictured here inspecting newly delivered equipment.

“This project has been ten years in the making since we promised to master plan our future hospital needs. We have always been confident that such a project would see an increase of around 1,000 jobs over the next decade, and today is the start of that journey.”

“This increase in funding from the Labor Government will allow Bendigo Health to increase its staff and services with 220 full and part time jobs, which is fantastic news for people in the Loddon Mallee region.”

Chairman of Bendigo Health, Bob Cameron, said of the 220 staff to be recruited, 80 per cent will be nursing, 10 per cent medical and 10 per cent allied health.

Acting CEO, Robyn Lindsay, said Bendigo Health would begin the recruiting process immediately.

“Naturally, moving into a bigger facility, we anticipate growth in demand for our services and the State Government’s commitment to this is wonderful news,” Ms Lindsay said. “This increase in funding means we can now forge ahead with the recruitment process of these staff.

Mr Cameron said the new Bendigo Hospital will open its doors at the end of January 2017.#ends#

Birth of new maternity facility

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron and Women’s and Children’s Services Senior Manager, Fiona Faulks join Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP to tour the new maternity services facility.

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron and Women’s and Children’s Services senior manager, Fiona Faulks join Member for Bendigo West, Maree Edwards MP to tour the new maternity services facility in August this year.

August 9, 2016: Expectant mothers and newborn babies will be treated to state-of-the-art maternity services in the new Bendigo Hospital said Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, as she toured the Bendigo Hospital Project to inspect the new department today.

According to Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards, more than 1300 babies are born at Bendigo Health annually and this figure continues to grow.
“Since 2010, Bendigo Health has seen an almost 15 per cent rise in births and the current facility has reached its capacity.The new maternity unit will have 25 single rooms, all complete with ensuites, compared to 16 in the current facility,” she said.

“Some rooms in the existing facility are shared, which presents challenges for women who are caring for newborn babies – this will not be an issue for families in the new facility,” Ms Edwards explained.

The new hospital will have seven birth suites, compared to the current four. Three birth suites are fitted with baths for use during labor, to assist with pain relief.

Bendigo Health’s Women’s and Children’s Services senior manager, Fiona Faulks said the new features in the maternity services area will be welcomed by staff, patients and families alike. “There is also an overnight stay room where parents who have experienced loss, and are grieving, can spend time with their baby,” she said..

Other advancements include an increase in capacity at the new hospital’s special care nursery, which is designed to care for up to 15 newborns (neonates), compared to a current facility’s capacity of eight.

Bendigo Health board chairman, Bob Cameron said that within the special care nursery there are four rooms offering extra space for parents to stay with their baby or just take a moment to relax while their baby rests.

“Our children’s unit also offers indoor and outdoor play areas for children and adolescents who are being cared for in our hospital.”

The women’s health centre will provide outpatient care for women requiring obstetric or gynaecological care and the waiting area in this space boasts one of the best views across Bendigo.The facility is complete with easily accessible outdoor courtyard areas where mums, dads, friends and family can spend time together outside of the hospital room environment. The new hospital will be open at the end of January 2017.#ends#

Exemplar Health funds RMIT research into hospital design

August 10, 2016: Today at the Bendigo Hospital Project, the Exemplar Health consortium chief executive Michele Morrison launched a research project to be conducted by RMIT, in partnership with Exemplar Health and Bendigo Health. Spanning a three-year period, evaluating both old and new hospital designs, this new study will be based on the hospital’s psychiatric services unit and will evaluate the experiences of its patients, staff and visitors.

With funding of $120k from Exemplar Health, this ‘Design for Wellbeing Research Project’ will be undertaken in two stages, completing its findings in 2018. It aims to provide key insights into how people experience the psychiatric services unit in both the existing Bendigo Health facility and the new Bendigo Hospital to be opened in late January 2017.

According to Ms Morrison, the project will produce new knowledge into the impact of hospital design.
“This study is important – because it focuses on investigating the relationship between users of a physical environment and their ‘lived experience’ of those particular spaces – and the Exemplar Health consortium is proud to support this research.”

Ms Morrison said the research project would pave the way for more effective use and future improvement to design, and will also involve discussions with planners, designers and project teams.
“The research will look into a broad set of aspects including the ‘whole of design’ – architecture, landscape and interiors, to assist in our continual improvement in healthcare infrastructure projects,” she said.

According to Bendigo Health psychiatric services executive director, Associate Professor, Philip Tune the research outcomes will have far-reaching, positive effects.
“From a Bendigo Health perspective, this research project is a very welcome and timely study,” he said.

“In our existing facility, our psychiatric inpatient units spread across three campus sites, however the new hospital will enable us to co-locate, streamlining communications and making consultations far easier for both patients and staff,” Professor Tune said.

At the new 80-bed psychiatry precinct, advancements in design will provide healthcare professionals with new facilities, such as the purpose-designed parent-infant unit, which enables a parent, who has a significant mental illness, to stay in the hospital with their baby.
“It’s important we appreciate the broader design principles applied to our new hospital, which will also offer greater access to green outlooks, courtyard spaces and natural light – all aspects that are proven to bring about a calmer, safer and a more positive environment,” he added.

The project is being undertaken by Distinguished Professor Sarah Pink; Professor Laurene Vaughan and research fellow, Dr Shanti Sumartojo from the RMIT School of Media and Communication’s Digital Ethnography Research Centre and Design Futures Lab.

According to Professor Pink, this project will lead to new understandings of how new and old hospital sites are experienced.
“This study is a fantastic opportunity, and with the ethnographic research methods we use, we can learn first-hand from participants what the hospital building and service designs feel like from their standpoint”

“A key ambition of this project is to demonstrate how collaboration between the academic and the private sector can help transform ground-breaking research into design advances for healthcare facilities,” she concluded.#ends#

Construction update – August 2016

With the lights on at the Bendigo Hospital Project, it’s easy to imagine its future as a hospital designed to care for generations to come. This month, the busy construction site is home to around 380 workers, including many different trade suppliers, subcontractors and technicians.

The new hospital’s courtyards and terraces are the scene of much action, with the installation of raised garden beds, pergolas, seating, as well as the planting of large tree ferns, palms, native grasses and shrubs. These green initiatives will enhance the human experience at the new hospital, and its large windows not only provide natural light, but also views across the city and into leafy courtyards.
Drought Street precinct
On the Drought Street side of the hospital, footpaths that extend between Arnold to Hope Street are being formed and new access areas for emergency vehicles have been asphalted. Bicycle parking has also been installed, to allow for future alternative access to the new hospital for its staff and visitors.
Anne Caudle Centre campus
On-site works include restorations and extensions to buildings around the Anne Caudle Centre by Bendigo Health, including the addition of a new entry foyer for the Anne Caudle Centre building. Construction of a retaining wall and the installation of precast panels alongside the Anne Caudle Centre building are almost complete. Presently Bendigo Health’s contractor, Kane Construction, has 20 workers on site.
Amid the Anne Caudle Centre complex of buildings, demolition of the previous hospital kitchen has begun, and continuing works will see the demolition of the staff amenities building and a partial demolition of Perrin Plaza, the latter of which will be partway retained to provide a link between the existing east and north wing buildings. This demolition phase is essential to create open spaces planned for landscaping, including the establishment of the therapeutic gardens – which will feature walkways, outdoor furniture, specifically selected trees and shrubs and significant outdoor sculptural works.
Upcoming roadworks
Drivers can expect to see some roadwork activity along Arnold and Lucan Streets in the coming months, planned for mid-September and early November respectively. These works will upgrade some of the crucial traffic areas around the precinct, including modifications to traffic islands, turning lane additions and road-widening to improve safety for both motorists and pedestrians.
Stage One of the Bendigo Hospital Project is on track for completion by December this year, and the new hospital’s opening in late January 2017.