Minister Officially Opens New RDH Foyer

Minister Officially Opens New RDH Foyer

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

$72 Million RDH Redevelopment Milestone Completed

Victor P Taffa

Northern Territory Government is improving health services, reaching a major milestone in the $72 Million Royal Darwin Hospital (RDH) Redevelopment Project.

Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said the official opening of the new RDH foyer marks the completion of works on public spaces at the busy hospital.

“Today we are opening the new foyer which features contemporary design elements and plenty of natural light and open space.” Minister Fyles said.

“Included in the new foyer are new Phlebotomy and Transit Lounge areas, Aboriginal Liaison Offices, an RTM office and an updated lift lobby.”

Minister Fyles said the jointly funded project included more than $60 Million in Territory Government funding and almost $12 Million in Federal funding.

“As well as providing staff, patients and visitors with a purpose built contemporary space the project has also resulted in increased services, including adolescent beds on the new refurbished paediatric ward, an expanded Phlebotomy and eye clinic services, a new transit lounge, a new Allied Health Facility and upgrades to hospital wards and bathrooms.” Minister Fyles said.

“I’d like to recognise and thank the staff and patients for their patience during this time of construction and also the builders Halikos, Sitzler, Probuild and Wolpers Grahl who have significantly boosted health services through their work on this project.”

Minister Fyles said the opening coincides with the launch of the Top End Health Service (TEHS) Art Project, delivering culturally appropriate art to be hung within the hospital.

“More than 70% of patients at the hospital are Aboriginal and this Art Project, funded through the Royal Darwin Hospital Gift Fund, aims to provide a more culturally safe and welcoming environment.” Minister Fyles said.

“TEHS has acquired 2 collections of limited edition prints by outstanding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across the Territory and northern Western Australia.”

“Collections represent health and wellbeing, communities coming together, care for country and culture, mutual respect and the cultural and geographical diversity of Aboriginal Territorians.”

Minister Fyles said the public works are completed work in this redevelopment project, but included works, such as air conditioning upgrades, are continuing.

Other major developments to improve health services at RDH including:

  • Construction underway for the multi-storey car park
  • Construction underway for the PET scanner facility
  • Construction underway on bathrooms upgrades on ward 2A
  • Construction tender released for the Cyclotron facility and expansion of the Alan Walker Cancer Care Centre

Works are also expected to commence on a new landscaping project at RDH which will see a new grassed area at the front entrance and a new wellness park that will support patient outcomes and provide a culturally appropriate outdoor space for patients, families and visitors.