RHH Redevelopment Delivering New Facilities, Better Care, Today Fri 15 March 2013 Michelle O'Byrne Minister for Health The Minister for Health, Michelle O'Byrne, today officially opened the new Royal Hobart Hospital outpatient clinics in another major milestone for the $586 million Redevelopment. The $11 million Wellington Clinics facility in Argyle Street is improving patient access to outpatient services and has freed up space on the main hospital site for other improvements. "This new facility brings most outpatient services together in one place making it easier for patients to access those services," Ms O'Byrne said. "Because the Wellington Clinics are so close to the RHH it will also be easy for patients referred to and from other services on the hospital's main campus. "The new clinics will also reduce pedestrian traffic on the main RHH campus during the redevelopment works." The Wellington Clinics contain a range of services including Ear, Nose and Throat, Eye, Orthopaedics, Audiology, Medical and Surgical, Hand Physiotherapy, Cardio Respiratory, Special Dental, Plaster and Oral Maxillo-Facial. "These clinics support patients from all over the State who need to travel to access specialised services and they will be doing so in easy-to-access, state-of-the-art facilities thanks to the redevelopment." Ms O'Byrne said the RHH Redevelopment was the State's largest ever health infrastructure investment. "Month after month this major project is delivering improved facilities at the RHH, moving us towards a contemporary hospital that will respond to the health needs of Tasmanians now and into the future," she said. Ms O'Byrne, together with Federal Minister for Community Services and Member for Franklin Julie Collins, also visited the site of the hospital's new Cancer Centre where a recently installed linear accelerator will soon begin treating patients. "The first patients will soon be treated on the new linear accelerator and that means improved radiation therapy for Tasmanians," Ms O'Byrne said. "It is another example of how patients are already benefitting from the RHH Redevelopment even though the project still has four years to go. A linear accelerator is a radiation procedure which delivers high-energy x-ray treatments that destroy cancer cells while sparing surrounding normal tissue. "The opening of the LINAC facility is a major landmark in the $31.1 million Cancer Centre, which is jointly funded by the State and Australian governments," Ms O'Byrne said. "The Centre will provide improved clinic and treatment services for oncology patients and their families." As well as the LINAC, the facilities will include new multi-disciplinary outpatient clinics, a new day chemotherapy unit with increased chair capacity, a multi-disciplinary meeting area with video conferencing facilities and a patient support centre. "The patient support centre is an important part of this development. A cancer patient's journey is a difficult one, for them and their families, and this centre will provide a dedicated space for care and support that goes beyond medical treatment." The remainder of the cancer centre works will be completed by Spring and will continue to provide jobs for Tasmanians. Both construction firms engaged in the works, Hazell Bros and Fairbrother, have employed a range of local skilled trades professionals on the site in support of the State Government's commitment to providing job opportunities for Tasmanians.The State and Australian governments are also funding specialist cancer centres at the Launceston General Hospital and the North West Regional Hospital in Burnie.