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.
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.
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.
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.