New health facility a beacon for northern suburbs

A UNIQUE $21 million health care centre will bring much-needed integrated care services to the northern suburbs, taking pressure off existing hospitals in Hobart.

The Glenorchy Health Centre, designed by Liminal Architecture in partnership with DesignInc, will provide ease of access to local health care services including ambulatory care, pathology, oral health, renal self-dialysis, social work, podiatry, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, child health and parenting services.

Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson, said the project was due for completion in December 2017, with the latest works including the installation of a TasNetworks cable and the construction of a substation.

“The new health centre will deliver more care closer to where people live in the northern suburbs, meaning better outcomes for patients and relieving pressure on busy outpatient clinics at the Royal Hobart Hospital,” he said.

“It will cater for Glenorchy residents, as well as service as a high-quality centre for the broader region including Brighton, the Derwent Valley and Central Highlands.

“These municipalities have the highest needs for chronic conditions and evidence also suggests that there are a high number of emergency presentations and hospital admissions for these catchment areas.”

Liminal director Elvio Brianese said the new centre would act as a central health hub for the community.

“Health care facilities need to be designed to not only support and facilitate state-of-the-art services and technologies, patient safety and quality patient care, but also to embrace the patient, family and caregivers in a socially supportive environment,” he said.

“Through collaboration with the Department of Health and Human Services, health and community stakeholders, clinical users and statutory authorities, we have created a centre that caters for multi-disciplinary, team-based care in a client-centred environment.”

Mr Ferguson said the Glenorchy Health Centre was another “great example” of the range of important capital projects that were on track to deliver benefits to Tasmanians across the state.

This includes the $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital redevelopment, new radiotherapy services at the North West Cancer Centre and the $4 million Allied Health Clinic redevelopment at the Launceston General Hospital.

Caption: From left, Hansen Yuncken Tasmania construction manager Julian Proud, Liminal Studio architect Elvio Brianese, Minister for State Growth, Matthew Groom, Minister for Health, Michael Ferguson, Department of Health and Human Services capital works program manager Sue Ashlin, Hansen Tasmanian Manager Bruce Maher and Hansen Yuncken project administrator Gerard Vandenberg.



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