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Upgrade Project on track

The Mater Hospital’s $52 million Pimlico upgrade project is progressing well and on track to open mid-2020.

The 40 metre-high crane that has been on site since July last year will come down at the end of this month heralding a milestone in the project.

Director of Projects Josie Gabrielli said while the February flood had created some impacts on construction the building was now taking shape.

The four floors of the new building have been completed and work has begun on external and internal walls.

The project, part of Mater’s 10 year Master Plan for the Pimlico campus,

will deliver a new X-Ray facility with the latest imaging technology, new digital operating theatres, a new modern day surgery unit and new hospital entrance.

To help staff and doctors visualise and road test the new patient treatment area, a prototype room has been built in the hospital’s old laundry.

``This prototype room mimics the new procedure areas and allows our doctors and staff an opportunity to test the rooms are clinically functional and ready for our patients,’’ Ms Gabrielli said.   

In preparation for the move into the new facilities the hospital is now working on a commissioning plan.

``Being a hospital, we have to make sure the transition is seamless and perfectly executed.  When the move happens it will be business as usual with no disruption of services to our patients,’’ she said.

She said a team of hospital leaders were now meeting weekly to plan out the move.

``It is a very complex move with many different aspects and procedures to consider,’’ Ms Gabrielli said.

She said everything from how the patients will move between different areas and how they will be admitted and discharged through to how cleaning staff will change linen needs to be thought out and planned.

``The move also gives us the opportunity to look at our current procedures and there will be a number of changes implemented that will improve processes that will be beneficial to our patients.”  

Meanwhile visitor parking at the Pimlico campus received a boost this week.

Additional visitor parking bays have been re-opened up at the Fulham Rd end of the carpark on the corner of Diprose Street after works on the site were completed.

Pictured: Project Manager Michele Burge and Director of Projects Josie Gabrielli infront of the Stage One upgrade 



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