Will Hodgman

Premier of Tasmania

11 January 2017

Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health

It’s crunch time for the RHH Redevelopment

After the safe and successful decanting of the Royal Hobart Hospital’s B-Block last year, preparation for the structural demolition of the building is well underway with the required equipment to be assembled on site today.

The demolition is a major step in the $689 million RHH Redevelopment and demonstrates the Hodgman Liberal Government’s continuing commitment to focus on Tasmania’s health system this year.

It comes on the back of our record $6.4 billion investment over four years in health, which has allowed for improvements and reforms to be rolled out within the sector around Tasmania.

The three-staged demolition process will be completed in around six months.

The demolition and K-Block ground works, with the drilling of pilings and the installation of structural footings, will be challenging for neighbours, staff and particularly for patients.

K-Block will be built in the least disruptive, safest and most efficient way possible for all concerned.

But the inconvenience will be worthwhile because when complete, the new K-Block will have more bed capacity, more operating and procedure rooms, and more contemporary facilities.

The Government thanks the community for their support while the works progresses to deliver a state-of-the-art hospital with increased capacity of 250 beds.

Last year the RHH Redevelopment project implemented the largest capital investment program at the hospital in decades.

Approximately $50 million in construction and refurbishment works were achieved, around twenty new patient areas created - most for long-term use, and numerous administrative moves to allow B-Block to be vacated.

The project has already delivered many new, quality clinical and administrative spaces, which patients and staff are benefitting from including:

* A 54-bed, modern, health facility for general medicine and mental health patients in J-Block;

* Short stay surgery unit;

* Acute dialysis unit;

* Ambulatory care centre;

* Clozapine clinic;

* Inpatient oncology unit including iodine therapy;

* Neurology and neurophysiology rooms with Faraday cages;

* Endocrinology offices;

* Women’s and general surgery unit;

* Orthopaedic and surgical specialties unit;

* Acute rehabilitation unit;

* Medical specialties unit;

* Stomal therapy room;

* Inpatient rehabilitation rooms;

* Transit lounge for discharged patients;

* Cardiology and cardiothoracic rooms;

* Patient transport assistance scheme;

* Numerous administrative offices;

* Temporary hyperbaric medicine chambers; and

* Temporary loading dock for deliveries to the hospital.

For more information visit: www.rhhredevelopment.tas.gov.au

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