Silver Thomas Handley (the same company responsible for the stunning design of Warrnambool’s South West Regional Cancer Centre) has facilitated this detailed, systematic and comprehensive process involving review of previous plans, growth and service projections for the region, and significant input from users, staff, the community and medical specialists.
‘The current site’s opportunities and limitations have played a significant part in the master planning and we are confident that our endorsed plan will provide our population with unrivalled healthcare facilities,’ says SWH CEO Craig Fraser.
‘Our significant growth in patient numbers has led to an increase in what was originally planned for. We require a bigger area and more services to meet this demand. We have also strategically planned to enable the new clinical tower construction to occur without impacting on our current services. Critically, this means we will not have to temporarily relocate any of our services, such as our very busy emergency department and operating theatres.’
The initial focus will be on a new 26,500 m2 four-level clinical tower that will house a new emergency department that doubles the size of the current one, from 19–38 cubicles. It will be located adjacent to new medical imaging facilities giving both inpatients and outpatients a streamlined service.
The clinical tower – to be located at the rear of the hospital, off Timor Street – will also house six new 55m2 state-of-the-art operating theatres. At present there are three operating theatres and a procedure room. Supporting this will be new centralised sterilising and pathology departments.
The building will also contain a 32-bed inpatient unit, paediatric unit and 12-chair dialysis unit. The current dialysis unit has 8 chairs.
The hospital’s equally-vital support services, its linen, kitchen and supply areas, will be included in the new building program. New linen and supply services will be built off-site.
Car parking is also a key consideration. A new underground car park of 133 spaces will be located directly under the new clinical block allowing for all-weather access into the building.
Design-wise, the building is expected to be as wow factor in looks as the cancer centre. The south-facing tower is shaped to maximise ocean views and there’ll be decks built on each level to make the most of these panoramas. The design also proposes to put a significant amount of green space back into what is Warrnambool’s health precinct. Urban planning principles have been used to ensure the facility assimilates into the surrounding community.
In summary, the new 26,500 m2 four-level clinical tower will include:
PHOTO: CEO Craig Fraser (from left), Member for Western Province/SWH Warrnambool Community Advisory Committee chair James Purcell and SWH Board of Directors chair John Maher with the just-unveiled plans.