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?
Our new main reception has been completed. The staff at main reception assist outpatients and visitors find their way around our busy hospital and answer any questions you may have.
Further work will be done on the entrance way in coming months.
With an older hospital and limited space, meeting this demand is challenging. The only remaining ward capacity that can help us meet demand is on Level 5, Main Ward Block.
Planning is underway to build a new inpatient trauma ward on 5 West. This area, currently used for outpatient clinics, will be a new trauma ward, providing an additional 40 new inpatient beds. This will help us meet the community’s need for patient care.
First, we will need to relocate several services to allow the new ward to be built.
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.
Relocation works over the next few months (until July) will see several services move:
- Podiatry will move onto the opposite side of Level 2, Philip Block. New outpatient clinics and treatment rooms will be built. Construction is expected to be completed by mid June 2018.
- Infectious Diseases will move from Level 2 to Level 4, Philip Block. 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 the end of July. For more, view the stylised floor plan.
We have created a new reception for Alfred Psychiatry, which was completed in late April. Currently, we are refurbishing the bathrooms in eight rooms in Psychiatry.
Further refurbishment works will be undertaken in the Unit shortly.
We are improving our ward on 7 West so we can provide care to a greater number of patients in the future.
This work will result in an additional 10 patient points of care, including expanding our Video EEG service to six beds for those with epilepsy. 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 at the end of June 2018.
Renovations to this ward will also result in a dedicated neurology trials area, with a focus on early phase clinical trials and an additional 2 ward beds. Patient and staff amenity will also be improved as part of this project. All works should be completed by the end of July.