Works are underway as part of a unique temporary expansion to Monash Medical Centre’s resuscitation unit capacity.
This solution involves six patient bays installed in specially-designed ‘cubes’ that will be located adjacent to Monash Medical Centre Emergency Department. The funding for this increased capacity has been provided by the Victorian Government as part of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
Six large patient bays will be installed as part of a two-storey demountable unit, constructed over a two-week period. Installation began on Saturday. These bays will be fully-equipped resuscitation bays where patients can be ventilated, and if needed, can be prepared for transfer to the Intensive Care Unit.
Anna Laird, Director of Capital Projects, said that project required some innovative thinking.
“This creative design maximises patient bay space and makes employee areas a priority,” Ms Laird said. “Even with a relatively small ‘footprint’ we’re planning to have bright, well-equipped resuscitation bays that provide our clinical teams with an important capacity boost during these challenging times.”
The unit includes clean and dirty utilities, employee amenities, full IT connectivity, medical gases, and a secure medication room.
Authorised by David Ballantyne, Executive Director Capital and Infrastructure
Signed off by HICT 14 April 2020