Cancer centre facade improves city streetscape Sat 11 August 2012 Lara Giddings Premier Download hi-res version The transformation of the Royal Hobart Hospital is underway, inside and out, with the Premier, Lara Giddings, today welcoming completion of the unusual glass façade of the new Cancer Centre. The modern glass and concrete façade is a visual reminder of the massive upgrade currently underway at the RHH. "I know many people will have already noticed the building works on the corner of Campbell and Liverpool Streets which is a radical departure from the ageing buildings we have become used to. "The inspiration for this design was drawn from our local environment and will greatly enhance one of Hobart's busiest public spaces." Tasmanian firm, Fairbrother Pty Ltd, was recently announced as the successful tenderer to undertake the fit-out; a significant step forward in the development of the Southern Tasmania Area Cancer Centre. Ms Giddings said the new $31.1 million Cancer Centre was far more than just a visual upgrade and would provide improved clinic and treatment services for oncology patients and their families. "The new Centre will increase the hospital's capacity to meet current and future demand for cancer services, improve the coordination of care and access to multi-disciplinary care for oncology patients and deliver increased access to patient support services" Ms Giddings said. Jointly funded by the State and Australian Governments, the new Centre will provide expanded facilities for patients. "These facilities will include a new multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics, a new day oncology ward with increased chair capacity, a multi-disciplinary meeting area with state-of-the-art video conferencing facilities in the patient support centre, a new linear accelerator bunker and associated control and planning rooms. In addition, the inpatient oncology ward is being relocated and refurbished as part of the works." Ms Giddings said the patient support centre would also provide dedicated space for psycho-social support, improved accommodation to deliver training and education to staff and patients, capacity for preventative workshops and complementary health care services. "This is another step in the RHH's redevelopment journey which is being made a reality through joint state and federal funding of nearly $586 million. "The RHH redevelopment will provide the people of Tasmania with the contemporary health care facility they deserve and the Cancer Centre facade is another in a long line relating to work and construction being done on the site," Ms Giddings said. The Cancer Centre will be completed and operational by mid 2013.