Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Fiona Stanley Hospital A Step Closer After Final Designs Completed
Victor P Taffa
The State Government today displayed the final design of Fiona Stanley Hospital, which will become the flagship tertiary hospital South of Perth.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the completion of the design represented a major milestone for the $2 Billion hospital, the biggest building infrastructure project ever undertaken by the State.
“I am thrilled to see these final designs because they truly reflect what Fiona Stanley Hospital will look like when it opens to patients in 2014. The images make it possible for us all to imagine ourselves in the hospital buildings and that is a really exciting glimpse into the future.” Dr. Hames said.
“We have seen images of the hospital earlier in the design process but, because the design has progressed significantly, we can now see some of the detail that we haven’t seen before, including the colouring of various aspects of the hospital, material finishes, linkages between buildings and how the vehicles and pedestrians will access the hospital.”
Fiona Stanley Hospital will become part of a co-ordinated hospital system across metropolitan Perth, which also includes Sir Charles Gairdner, Fremantle, Royal Perth and Joondalup hospitals and the new Midland Health Campus.
Today also sees the launch of a new film of Fiona Stanley Hospital’s prototype rooms, which will be an important tool in consulting and informing staff, key stakeholders and the community.
The prototype rooms feature nine full-size replica rooms which include patient rooms; an operating room; intensive care room; emergency department resuscitation bay; staff base; consultation room; and utility rooms.
They are fitted out with the latest in furniture and fittings to demonstrate how the rooms may look and function when the hospital is completed in 2013. Prototype rooms allow the design team and users to trial the latest technology to ensure the right mix of cutting-edge equipment is selected for the hospital.
“Designing Fiona Stanley Hospital has been a major undertaking. When complete, the campus will cover an area equivalent to four city blocks and the five main buildings will have 150,000 sqm of floor space.” the Minister said.
“During the past three years, the project team and its health architects and planners have consulted with health professionals, private, non-government and research organisations, patients and local community members to ensure the hospital design meets the needs of local people.”
The final design reflects the Government’s determination to create a hospital environment to assist patients to get well while their surroundings operate in an ecologically sustainable way.
The architects and planners of Fiona Stanley Hospital used design techniques and elements – such as lighting, colour, texture, views, natural light and art – that have been shown to have a healing and therapeutic effect on patients, staff, visitors and families.
“The result is a light-filled design in which every patient room and the main concourse area have a view to the outside world, making it a more welcoming environment for patients, visitors and staff.” Dr. Hames said.
Some 83 % of the patient rooms will be single rooms, which will allow for improved infection control, fewer patient transfers and improved privacy and confidentiality. State-of-the-art technology will be integrated into every level of the hospital and the landscape design includes a wide range of outdoor gardens and parks for all to use.
The design has incorporated air control systems that promote the use of fresh air to improve the indoor air quality. Heat recovery ventilation will be used to pre-heat or pre-cool incoming air and reduce the reliance on air conditioning systems. The passive solar design of the hospital will use the sun and natural light to maintain comfortable indoor temperatures and reduce the use of heating and cooling systems.
Bathrooms and other wet areas will feature low-flow fixtures to minimise water consumption and rainwater will be collected for reuse in irrigation.
When it opens in 2014, the 783-bed hospital, which includes 140 beds in the new Commonwealth-funded State Rehabilitation Service, will be the Southern Metropolitan area’s major Tertiary Hospital, replacing Fremantle Hospital as the Primary Emergency Care Hospital in the Southern Suburbs.
The hospital will also have dedicated buildings for Education and Pathology, Mental Health, Administration and the State Rehabilitation Service.
Services at the hospital will include:
- Full range of acute medical and surgical services;
- State burns service;
- State rehabilitation service;
- State-of-the-art Emergency Care which will support a major Trauma Centre;
- Comprehensive Cancer services including Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities, Medical Oncology and Haematology;
- Renal Transplantation and Dialysis Services;
- Mental Health Unit with a secure wing and a Mother and Baby Unit;
- Obstetrics and Neonatology Services;
- Paediatric Services;
- Facilities for pathology, bio-medical engineering and cell tissue manufacturing;
- Modern medical imaging centre to provide fast and accurate information to clinicians.
A world-class medical research facility will be built in conjunction with universities and the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research.