World Class Intensive Care Unit Opens To Patients

18 May 2016

A new state-of-the-art intensive care unit (ICU) that will provide first-class critical care to patients from The Royal Melbourne Hospital, The Royal Women’s Hospital and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre opened its doors today.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy today officially opened the new $33 million, 42 bed ICU based at The Royal Melbourne Hospital that has been delivered as part of the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Project.

The ICU has already started treating patients from The Royal Melbourne and The Women’s, and will increase services when Peter Mac moves to its new home at the VCCC in late June.

It features four separate pods, enabling each pod to operate as a mini ICU. It includes 22 beds that can be converted into negative pressure units, meaning it is equipped to deal with a pandemic, while the remaining 20 beds could function as an ICU for other patients.

For patients this means single rooms complete with switchable glass privacy, a quiet facility with plenty of natural light and state-of-the-art equipment and technology on hand to ensure they receive the very best of care.

Families with loved ones in intensive care can often find the experience overwhelming and having to spend long periods of time at hospitals can be draining, so improved family areas with kitchenette and waiting areas are a welcome change.

The design of the facility gives staff a clear line of sight from staff base to patient rooms and break-out areas to relax and rejuvenate in between and during shifts.

Modern education facilities have also been added for ongoing education and professional development of doctors and nurses, and overhead lifting installed to reduce safety risks for staff in all rooms.

The VCCC Project is delivering a $1 billion purpose-built facility for cancer research, treatment, care and education in Parkville, with a covered in bridge above Grattan Street linking the ICU to the VCCC, allowing patients, visitors and staff to move between the two buildings.

These wonderful new facilities will enable clinicians to continue to do their important work while working side-by side with hundreds of researchers here in Parkville’s biomedical precinct.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Health Jill Hennessy

“The ICU has been designed with patients and their families at its centre. It offers the comfort and privacy families need and deserve during what can be an emotional and distressing time.”

“Our investment in a cutting edge intensive care unit like this is priceless because it will save lives.”

“The VCCC will bring together the world’s best and brightest researchers, clinicians and scientists to work side by side to deliver the next breakthrough in the fight against cancer.”

Reviewed 19 August 2020

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