As Epworth HealthCare celebrates its 95th birthday it’s important to reflect on how far we have come to build a world-class group of hospitals renowned for excellence in diagnosis, treatment and care.
Epworth Richmond (pictured) is in a period of major redevelopment which will make a fundamental change to the way the hospital operates, expanding and improving the layout, collocating critical services and improving patient flow throughout the site.
Construction of the new Lee Wing on the corner of Erin Street and Leigh Place is currently underway and, at the time of print, will reach a major milestone when construction tops out – completing the shell of the building to its highest point. The Lee Wing will open to patients by early 2016.
In other works, a new medical oxygen vessel was installed on 1 March, behind the Elim building at 29 Erin Street. This oxygen vessel will triple the capacity of medical oxygen stored for Epworth Richmond and will supply the existing site as well as the new wings to be built along Erin Street over the coming years.
The stage 8 theatre works on level 3 have now been completed. These works have provided new recovery beds, a larger office space including a reception area to greet staff who enter from the level 3 Erin Street lift lobby, additional storage rooms and increased security to the area.
As the city of Geelong continues to grow, so does its need for additional healthcare services.
Epworth Geelong will open in mid-2016 providing comprehensive medical and surgical acute and rehabilitation care, offering a new choice of healthcare with additional services to the growing region.
Works commenced on 28 April 2014 and before the first year of construction is through we will reach our next major milestone in the construction period – topping out and completing the shell structure, with around 300 workers on site each day to help keep us on target. Visit www.epworthgeelong.org.au to view drone video footage taken in February, providing an aerial tour of the site.
In recent months, Epworth has received positive feedback from Geelong community leaders and the local media for our commitment to providing jobs to the region, ensuring local suppliers and contractors are used to help construct Epworth Geelong. Some of the local suppliers we have on site include Geelong Fire, Norris Plant Hire, Geelong Telephone Company, Local Mix Concrete and Geelong Fabrications.
More than 1500 people have now expressed interest in employment at Epworth Geelong and in the latter half of the year a recruitment campaign will commence to fill positions at the new campus.
Epworth Freemasons at Box Hill Hospital
A major flooding event caused damage to the western wings of the Epworth Freemasons at the Clarendon Street site prior to Christmas 2014. This meant patients had to be evacuated and moved to the Victoria Parade location or to other Epworth campuses while major restoration works took place to the water damaged areas.
Most of the beds have now reopened within the Clarendon Street building however the western side of the site is still undergoing repairs. While these repairs take place we have temporarily relocated beds into two spare wards inside Eastern Health’s Box Hill Hospital on Arnold Street, wards 5.1 and 8.2.
To maintain business as usual, the Epworth Freemasons at Box Hill Hospital wards were successfully opened to patients in a tight timeframe thanks to the hard work of staff at our Epworth Freemasons Clarendon Street site, within the corporate office, Epworth Richmond Emergency and across other sites.
We value our staff highly and the ongoing support of everyone during this difficult period is testament to their commitment to delivering excellence to their patients and colleagues in challenging circumstances.
Epworth Freemasons Clarendon Street
Epworth Freemasons on Clarendon Street is undergoing renovation and expansion works to enhance patient care by upgrading the ageing infrastructure of the building, expanding the level 3 operating suite and refurbishing the Day of Surgery Admission, Day Recovery and Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) units.
The first of two new theatres opened for surgery on March 2. The new male change room on level 3 and the CSSD NUM office and new Loans area will be completed in April 2015. The second new theatre is due for completion in May.
South West Regional Cancer Centre
Site preparation works commenced at the South West Regional Cancer Centre in Warrnambool on February 25 with construction works to begin by the end of March. Construction Engineering (AUST) PTY LTD was awarded the tender to construct the new healthcare facility which will open to patients by mid-2016.
The three-level building will have two radiotherapy bunkers, one with a linear accelerator (radiation treatment machine), a planning CT scanner and associated support services, and will be operated by Epworth Radiation Oncology as a public service with no cost to patients.
To provide an integrated cancer care model of care, South West Healthcare will relocate its day oncology ward and chemotherapy pharmacy into the facility. The oncology suite has been designed to provide patients with wonderful views of the sea and the local pine trees. The centre will also have consulting suites for medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and other specialists to collaborate in a multidisciplinary environment.
Epworth HealthCare is excited to bring radiotherapy to the southwest Victoria region, integrate with the existing excellent cancer care services and provide exceptional patient care closer to home