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Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment fast-tracked

TASMANIANS can expect a new, state-of-the-art Royal Hobart Hospital faster and with fewer disruptions for patients, following the recent announcement of an updated construction method for the $586 million redevelopment of the RHH.

Under the revised plan, the hospital’s B-block services will be relocated for the duration of the build, making way for the demolition of the block and the building of two new towers of K-block at once.

The Minister for Health, Michelle O’Byrne, said the approach will mean far less disruption for patients and staff and will reduce construction by 12.5 months, resulting in a saving of nine months to the overall construction program.

Ms O’Byrne said the previous approach was to build one half of K-block, move patients into the new area, demolish B-block and build the second tower.

“The final hospital will be the same and it will be delivered within the same budget,” she said.

“This simply means we will get there faster, with fewer moves, fewer disruptions and greater patient safety.

“We have taken the time to get the planning right for this once-in-a-generation project and it is that constant reviewing and updating that has delivered this opportunity.”

Ms O’Byrne said that the Royal’s current services would be assured by using health facilities more effectively and by converting some administrative areas to wards.

“Relocating services will be less disruptive overall but it will not be without its own challenges.

“We will consult extensively with clinicians, staff, unions, consumers and carers to support the development and successful implementation of a relocation plan.

“We have started to identify alternative locations for some of our services. Refurbishments undertaken to relocate services will be available for the longer-term.”

The construction program will continue to be constantly reviewed and updated to find ways to reduce the overall impact of the build on the community.

The Royal redevelopment, slated for completion in 2017, is now expected to be completed by late 2016, with the next stage being the receipt of the Guaranteed Construction Sum from the managing contractor around the end of this year.

The Department of Health and Human Services Tasmania is currently seeking contractors in more than 65 trade work packages that will build the RHH’s new inpatient precinct.

Contractors are invited to register their interest in tendering a whole package – providing a portion of one or more packages as a sub-contractor, and/or supply of materials and equipment.

Registrations of interest for the Main Works Packages close at 10am Friday 20 December 2013. Registrations are lodged through the ICN gateway at www.gateway.icn.org.au

Tenders for the Furniture, Fittings and Equipment (FF&E) Consultant close at 2pm Wednesday 18 December 2013. Documents are available at www.tenders.gov.au

Enquiries for the DD&E Consultant should be directed to Ms Carol Hubble, Business Manager, Redevelopment RHH on 6212 2604 or carol.hubble@dhhs.tas.gov.au

Tenders for the D & H Block Transformer Upgrade/Replacement close at 2pm Wednesday 18 December 2013. Documents are available from Mr Stuart Gay, SEMF Pty Ltd on 6212 4400 or by email on stuart.gay@semf.com.au

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