Improving our hospital
You may have noticed a good deal of construction being undertaken at The Alfred. We are relocating some services and improving others, as demand for our inpatient hospital services continues to grow.
Which areas are being improved?
Relocation works over the next few months (until July) will see several services move:
- Podiatry has now moved into its new space onto the opposite side of Philip Block, Level 2. New outpatient clinics and treatment rooms are complete.
- Infectious Diseases will move from Philip Block Level 2 to Level 4. The move will result in an improved physical environment, with an increase in clinic rooms, the opportunity to consolidate services and will provide opportunities for expansion. Construction work will start in April 2018 and is expected to be completed by early August. For more, view the stylised floor plan.
With an older hospital and limited space, meeting growing community demand for inpatient care is challenging. Currently we are building new clinic and treatment areas for Respiratory Medicine. This important project will include:
- new, modern facilities to increase patient and family comfort
- improved infection prevention
- a bigger area for cllinics.
Building will start in late June, with the aim of relocating the Respiratory clinics in December/January 2019.
Main Ward Block Level 5, which is currently used as an outpatients area, will be converted into a ward for trauma patients. This will provide an additional 40 new inpatient beds and help us meet the community’s need for acute care.
There is no change to Ward 5 East, where we provide care for patients with respiratory conditions including cystic fibrosis and lung transplantation.
Find out more about Respiratory Medicine relocation.
We are improving our ward on 7 West so we can provide care to a greater number of patients in the future.
The dedicated neurology clinical trials area in 7West is now complete, with the first patients planned to use the new facility this week. This area will have a focus on early phase clinical trials for neuroscience patients.
Capital works will also result in an expanded Video EEG service, with four new beds for those with epilepsy, taking the service to six beds. This dedicated facility, run by a multidisciplinary team, will provide advanced treatments for those with uncontrolled epilepsy in a purpose-built environment. The new Video EEG beds are scheduled to open in early July. The works will also see an additional 2 ward beds on 7West. Patient and staff amenity will also be improved as part of this project.
Construction has begun on building new sleep and outpatient vascular laboratories on Ground Floor, The Alfred Centre.
The laboratories will relocate in August/September.
The sleep clinic will remain on Level 5 Main Ward Block until the end of the year.