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?
The major project to replace the roofing and sewer system associated with The Alfred's Main Ward Block is now in full swing. The project also involves replacing roofing infrastructure for the hospital's South Block and Philip Blocks.
The crane needed to replace the roof is 65-metre-high and has a 65 metre boom. The works associated with the crane infrastructure will take approximately five months to complete.
While these works will significantly improve the resilience of the main hospital against flooding and leaking there will be some impact during the activity, including the loss of some on-site parking, and occasional restriction to movement around the rear of the site. The works have been designed to minimise noise and vibration on the surrounding areas.
From January - April 2019, we are undertaking major building maintenance works at The Alfred, including replacing the pipes at The Alfred Centre, where we undertake elective surgery.
During this time, some services have been temporarily relocated.
To help patients and families find their way, we have installed some temporary signage.
To find specialist clinics (outpatients) at Alfred Lane House, follow the blue dots.
For outpatient MRI scans, follow the green dots to the Emergency back corridor.
You can read more about the relocating services here, including maps.
A new courtyard is being created in Psychiatry, on the Ground Floor.
Funded by a generous donor and The Alfred Foundation, the courtyard is being designed as a ‘calming garden’.
Stage one, which includes new paving, painting and installing garden furniture and exercise equipment, is nearing completion. The planting of a lush tropical garden will begin in cooler temperatures, with the courtyard expected to be fully completed by the end of April.
Since opening Waiora Clinic in 2007, our clinical programs and community mental health services have continued to grow. The premises are no longer suitable for our needs so we are now preparing to move.
When our lease expires, Waiora Clinic will relocate to 607 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne.
At this site, we will be able to consolidate our adult community clinics and provide a range of services, including physical health care, psychological therapies, drug and alcohol support and peer support all in the one place.
The treatment team will remain the same.
We are planning to stay at 435 Malvern Rd until August this year. Updates will be forthcoming once plans are confirmed.
Information forums will be held, to allow our community to ask questions. Dates will be posted here.