Minister Opens New RHH Oncology Ward

Minister Opens New RHH Oncology Ward

Tasmania Minister for Health Michael Ferguson

New RHH Oncology Ward Opens

Victor P Taffa

As part of the $689 Million Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Redevelopment the new inpatient oncology ward will open to patients today, Thursday, 29 September 2016, Minister for Health Michael Ferguson said.

Opening of the oncology ward on Level 9, A-Block, takes the project one step closer to completion and is part of the solution to decant B-Block and provide long term hospital accommodation.

“Included in the new ward will be a contemporary space for patients and features more single rooms, providing greater patient privacy and space.” Mr. Ferguson said.

“The oncology ward provides inpatient care to patients at any point in the cancer journey including at diagnosis, end of life or for complex treatments such as stem cell transplants, chemotherapies or radiotherapy treatments.”

Inpatient oncology and iodine treatment will be co-located on the ward.

RHH Redevelopment has worked closely with staff to plan the move and additional nursing and non-medical staff has been rostered to help it go smoothly.

“The ward was opened for scheduled sessions with staff so they could familiarise themselves with the new layout and equipment. Information has been made available for patients and families about the move.” Mr. Ferguson said.