Royal Hobart Hospital masterplan unveiled

A masterplan detailing the Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment to modernise, expand and improve patient services was unveiled on March 9.

Patients across Tasmania will benefit from a contemporary hospital with expanded and high quality healthcare services.

The redevelopment is the largest health infrastructure project in Tasmania and will give the construction industry and the wider economy a boost.

Extensive planning will ensure the hospital can still be used while capital works are underway.

Design plans for the Royal’s new inpatient and Women’s and Children’s precincts, which will eventually front Campbell Street, are also on display.

These new precincts will improve services and expand the hospital's bed capacity.

The Women’s and Children’s precinct will deliver integrated services, including a dedicated adolescent unit that can accommodate the treatment of adolescent mental health patients.

The inpatient precinct, incorporating all inpatient and complementary services, will be completed early 2016 and will include:

  • more room for operating theatres and procedure rooms, including increased endoscopy rooms
  • greater bed capacity across inpatient wards, including more flexible use of beds and more single bed rooms
  • better surgical intervention and diagnostic facilities, including a 23-hour unit
  • co-location of functional services such as outpatient clinics and associated support services to provide improved patient flow.

Phase 1 of the RHH redevelopment has already delivered:

  • upgraded clinic and triage areas for the Emergency Department
  • a new equipment coordination store
  • upgraded treatment areas for the Renal Unit at New Town
  • an expanded and upgraded Department of Medical Imaging, including a new PET-CT suite, new fluoroscopy and ultrasound suites.

The upgrade also included work on fire services, air conditioning, lifts, hydraulics and power and water supply.

Other Phase I works under construction include:

  • expanding capacity for the Intensive Care Unit
  • creation of a new Assessment and Planning Unit, next to the Emergency Department (starting April 2012)
  • expanding and improving accommodation for outpatient clinics at the Repat Centre
  • Wellington Centre (Argyle Street) airbridge construction and fit-out to enable relocation of outpatient clinics later this year
  • a new production kitchen at Cambridge to increase capacity will start operations in late March 2012.

Construction of the new Cancer Centre has started with a new linear accelerator bunker underway – the awarding of a contract for other works is imminent.

Phase 2 (Cancer Centre) and Phase 3 will start concurrently. These will develop new inpatient precincts – improving medical and surgical wards – and dedicated Women’s and Children’s facilities. It will largely focus on buildings overlooking Campbell Street.

The Australian and Tasmanian governments have provided a combined $586 million for the redevelopment.