Dubbo Hospital user groups nut out room layouts for tall building

USER GROUPS: Dubbo Hospital general manager Debbie Bickerton (third from left, front) takes part in a "detailed design project user group" meeting in its boardroom this week. Photo: Contributed

USER GROUPS: Dubbo Hospital general manager Debbie Bickerton (third from left, front) takes part in a "detailed design project user group" meeting in its boardroom this week. Photo: Contributed

Dubbo Hospital’s boardroom is in demand as eight groups of people meet to decide the layout of each room and public space in a planned four-storey building.

The building will be constructed at the south-eastern corner of the hospital campus under its $150 million stage three and four redevelopment.

The eight groups are deciding where fittings, furniture and equipment is located in the building, set to dwarf all others on the campus.

Health Infrastructure (HI) reports that the “detailed design project user groups” include representatives of the hospital, the Western NSW Local Health District, the community, architects and “builder”.

Construction company Hansen Yuncken won the tender for stage three redevelopment which includes a third storey on the clinical services building funded under the $91.3 million stage one and two redevelopment.

A HI spokeswoman said the tender won by the company included “early contractual involvement” in stage four redevelopment which is currently focused on the design of the four-storey building.

Each of the user groups is nutting out the design details of a particular unit in the building.

They are emergency, intensive care, renal dialysis, coronary care, medical imaging, ambulatory care, cardiovascular and front of house.

“Each meeting is broken into sections to concentrate on different areas within a unit,” the HI spokeswoman said.

“For example in the Emergency Department user group there is a section dedicated to resuscitation bays and triage.”

The hospital redevelopment team is working with the user groups to ensure that their designs address service delivery needs such as “patient flows and models of care”.

A HI team visited Nyngan, Bourke, Walgett and Coonamble in February to invite comment on the “look and feel” of public areas in the four-storey building that will house “major plant” on its top floor. “Feedback that was collected from the recent community consultation roadshow... is also shared in these user groups to inform the detail design process,” the HI spokeswoman said.

The user groups are expected to wind up by mid-2017.

Hansen Yuncken has begun building the third storey on the clinical services building, a hub of surgical and maternity services. The new floor will probably become a surgical inpatient unit of 34 beds in single and double rooms.  Workmen are also refurbishing the former maternity unit to accommodate medical records and administration staff.