Expansion is months away from completion
A view from inside the atrium (above left) which is a major feature of the hospital's new main entrance.
The size and scale of Latrobe Regional Hospital’s latest development has taken many people by surprise now that it can be seen from the Princes Highway towering over the existing hospital building.
The multi-level acute services and inpatient buildings behind the hospital have rapidly taken shape over the past 12 months and some of the external finishes are now visible.
Work is also underway on the new main entrance to the hospital which will feature an ‘atrium-style’ reception and waiting area. The atrium windows are 10 metres high and will fill the building with natural light.
Construction and fit-out of patient rooms are continuing with the installation of cabinetry and plumbing fixtures.
There is a major focus on accessibility with long, straight, wide corridors and a 'no step' policy throughout. Lifts have been installed to provide access between floors.
Outside, ground works and preparation for landscaping has started, including the installation of a recycled water irrigation system.
When completed in late 2017, the development will also feature a larger Emergency Department, endoscopy facilities and the region’s first cardiac catheterisation laboratory which is used by specialists to diagnose and treat serious heart health conditions.
Up to 100 clinical and non-clinical jobs will be created as a result of the expansion adding to LRH’s current workforce of 1920 staff.
Above: The shell of Gippsland's first cardiac catheterisation laboratory to address serious heart health conditions and (below) corridors in the new buildings are wide, long and straight.
Above: The staff bases in the inpatient units offer more space for clinical and nursing staff to work. Below: Patient rooms will have one or two beds and many feature a view of the surrounding countryside.