Response to reports about The Alfred infrastructure
Alfred Health Chief Executive, Professor Andrew Way, has confirmed that the buildings at The Alfred remain safe for staff to work and for patients to receive care.
“There have been occasions when we have had to close wards or reschedule procedures due to infrastructure challenges. This has been disruptive to the patient experience as well as our staff, who have been highly adaptable and flexible to work around these inconveniences. Maintaining excellence and safety in patient care always comes first."
Alfred Health continues to work with the Victorian Government on its vision for a major redevelopment of The Alfred after experiencing a series of infrastructure challenges in recent years. The Alfred is one of Victoria’s oldest hospitals, with most of its buildings constructed in the 1960s.
“Redeveloping The Alfred is our top priority," Professor Andrew Way said.
"The Alfred is one of Victoria’s busiest, most vibrant public hospitals, providing care for the sickest and most complex patients in the state.
“Many of our buildings were not designed for the delivery of modern health care, which is why we have developed a detailed plan to redevelop our hospital.
“We will continue to work with the Victorian Government to realise this plan so The Alfred can meet the health needs of our growing community into the future.”
Professor Way said maintaining staff and patient safety is essential.
“We maintain, repair and refurbish our buildings so we can continue to provide the best care for our patients and a safe working environment for our staff,” he said.
“Our staff are always encouraged to report any concerns about our infrastructure.”