Tasmanians are benefiting from the new hospital that delivers improved facilities and a more comfortable environment for patients; enhanced safety and infection control; sustainable design delivering long-term resource efficiencies; and has capacity for future expansion.
The $420 million Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment included the refurbishment of 11,000m2 of existing clinical areas including operating theatres, endoscopy, paediatrics, maternity, mental health and women’s clinics. The new K-Block, a ten-storey inpatient facility increased the floor area by 50% and delivered many ‘firsts’ for the facility including:
- A dedicated adolescent unit for vulnerable young people. It includes 19 beds and two safe rooms.
- A helipad allowing critically ill or injured patients to be in treatment rooms within a few minutes of landing on K-Block.
- Seven birthing suits with baths to allow for water immersion labours.
- First public mobile CT scanner – one of only eight in the country at the time. New audio-visual equipment to bring x-rays, CT scans and other high-resolution imagery into theatres.
- A robot that takes instruments to the steriliser – the first Australian site to use this equipment.
- A dual-capability hyperbaric chamber that can pressurise (hyperbaric) and depressurise (hypobaric). It is the first in the southern hemisphere.