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Consulting suite rebuild takes shape

The unusual shape of LRH’s new specialist consulting suite has generated much interest.

The building features sharp angles which differ greatly to the existing pod of suites which are home to a range of clinical services.

“We’ve had a few questions from the public as to what the building is. Clearly there’s a level of curiosity from motorists who’ve watched  construction as they pass by,” LRH Chief Executive Peter Craighead said.

When completed, the building will provide space for 35 specialists including paediatricians. There will be six paediatric rooms and a separate waiting area for families.

Included in the new facility is a large general waiting area, treatment rooms, a lung function testing facility and a blood collection room.

The consulting suite replaces one which burnt down in May 2016.

“The loss of the building was upsetting for our staff and patients but it has provided us with an opportunity to create a space which is purpose-built for clinicians and specialists who bring very important services to the people of Gippsland,” Mr Craighead said.

Construction is being carried out by Warragul-based Farnham Developments which has sub-contracted aspects of the project to local tradespeople.

The building also promises a higher level of energy efficiency and water tanks to supplement usage.

Construction will be completed  at the end of October.

 

 

 

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New services have opened

 

 

 

Latrobe Regional Hospital’s new Emergency Department (ED) and Avon inpatient unit opened to the public on Monday 4 December, 2017.

The new ED, located 150 metres from the existing hospital entrance (see above) began taking patients from 7am when the old ED closed.

The new ED features more points of care, including a designated ‘fast track’ area to ensure people with minor and low risk conditions are seen in a timely matter. A short stay unit will be used for patients who need further treatment and observation.

Children and their carers have their own waiting area which separates them from the general population.

The Avon Unit, one of two inpatient facilities in the new development, has also opened.

Patients from the ED will be admitted to the Avon Unit on Level 1 of the new building and some patients from the existing Tyers Unit will be relocated.

A new main entrance to the hospital on Village Avenue has opened. The hospital's reception desk has been relocated to the new main entrance or 'atrium' - a feature of the $79 million dollar development.

The current hospital reception will be staffed from 4-11 December. From Monday 11 December, LRH volunteers will start using the desk as a concierge facility to assist people with enquiries and directions.

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Career opportunities at LRH

Latrobe Regional Hospital's expansion has paved the way for employment opportunities in clinical and non-clinical roles.

Our list of vacancies is regularly updated so it's a good idea to check this site regularly. 

To view current vacancies click here

If you are considering a career at LRH, click on the picture below to hear what our staff have to say about working for Gippsland's largest health service.

 

 

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Tree change for LRH expansion

Pictured working at the LRH site are Brad Askew (left) and Clancy Dyer from Cameron Outdoor.

Five thousand plants and more than 200 trees will help to soften the facade of the new Latrobe Regional Hospital acute and inpatient buildings.

Bairnsdale-based company, Cameron Outdoor is planting a range of native trees including flowering gums and shrubs at the Village Avenue construction site. The company began preparing the site and installing irrigation and drainage in March after completing landscaping works at the new Monash Children’s Hospital.

Cameron Outdoor senior manager Brad Montant said the LRH project was a rare opportunity to work closer to home.

“You don’t get many projects of this size in Gippsland so it’s been great for our staff to not have to travel too far,” he said.

The layout has been created by architecture firm HSPC and landscape architect Land Design Partnership. When people arrive at the new hospital building, they will be guided to the front entrance by a straight concrete pathway. It’s hoped this will reduce confusion on arrival, particularly for people who might be anxious or upset.

The designers have also identified some plant species that were indigenous to the Latrobe region and offer seasonal and sensory interest.

Cameron Outdoor is hoping to complete the project by the end of June.

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See your specialist online

 

LRH Telehealth Project Worker and Facilitator, Barb Radley says patients are already benefiting from the new service.

For many people in Gippsland, visiting a specialist at Latrobe Regional Hospital is a round trip of 300 kilometres or more.

However, a new telehealth service has reduced the need for long distance travel by enabling patients to connect with their specialist through an online video consultation either from their local GP clinic or home.

Since the service began in March, patients have been spared more than 2400 kilometres in travel to and from LRH.

“You realise you’re starting to save people not only kilometres, but time,” LRH Telehealth Project Worker and Facilitator, Barb Radley said.

“It might have been a five hour round trip, then there’s the cost of petrol and loss of productivity, particularly if you’re a farmer and have to be away for a whole day.”

Funded by Better Care Victoria, the telehealth service is currently available to people attending endocrinology and chronic heart failure outpatient clinics that live more than 15 kilometres from LRH. Patients of Aboriginal medical services are eligible regardless of their distance from the hospital.

“Quite often, appointments involve a physical examination so telehealth is not always suitable for every appointment. However it is useful for follow-up consultations,” Barb said.

“It’s a matter of it being clinically appropriate. Even though a patient wants to have a consultation in this way, we still need to seek the specialist’s approval.”

The next step is connecting to the specialist using a computer or tablet device. People using the service so far have opted to do so from their GP clinic or their home.

“If you don’t have a device or computer, you will usually have the support of your GP clinic. Sometimes the GP is involved if a physical examination is required. Knowledge about the patient’s condition may be shared between the GP and specialist. This is very much a shared care model,” Barb said.

Feedback has been positive and consideration is being given to bringing more outpatient clinics on board.

The telehealth program follows a pilot project for paediatric patients in 2015 where parents were able to bring their child to LRH for a video consultation with Melbourne-based specialists.

Last year, parents began video consultations from home with paediatricians at LRH.

“The paediatric clinic was the trailblazer and our focus now is to expand the program by encouraging more adult patients to have their consultation from home,” Barb said.

There is more information about the telehealth program for patients and GPs on the LRH website or by contacting Barb Radley on 5173 8022.

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Looking for a way to support our community this Christmas?

Proceeds from this year's Christmas Giving Appeal will be used to purchase humidifier machines for our Critical Care Unit. These machines work with oxygen systems to help our patients to breathe easier. 

Can you help us reach the $36,000 target? Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible. Click on the Make A Donation link or contact LRH Fundraising on 5173 8577. Thank you for your support!

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