Project partners: Watpac, Jacobs, Donald Cant Watts Corke (DCWC)
The new Roma Hospital is part of the Queensland Government’s AUD 180 million Enhancing Regional Hospitals programme, built specifically to meet the needs of the region.
The last major hospital upgrade was the opening of the surgical building more than 30 years ago and, while rectification work has taken place in the past five years, the ageing infrastructure was not compatible with contemporary models of service delivery.
Aurecon was the project manager, overseeing delivery of the facility to meet the healthcare needs of central Queensland communities now and into the future. Aurecon was appointed after the project stakeholders wanted a renewed approach to the delivery phase of the project.
One of the first actions was to re-engage with the local project and facility stakeholders, to clearly establish their roles, responsibilities and expectations. This stakeholder-driven approach set the foundation for effective project delivery in a time-sensitive project environment.
The three-level building is constructed directly adjacent to the existing operational hospital, therefore design and staging was co-developed with the hospital staff, stakeholders and the local communities. This minimised adverse impacts on the continuous operation of the facility.
Extensive community and staff consultation ensured that the building’s design maximised the use of space, enabled efficient work and patient flows, respected private and family space, and provided ease of access.
The redevelopment included:
Emergency department with operating theatres
Medical imaging, pathology and central sterilising areas
Allied health services
Staff lounge, training rooms and kitchen
Café for patients and staff
The redeveloped hospital incorporates new mental health services. Significant consultation was undertaken on this part of the design to accommodate the unique location of the hospital’s services: a rural setting with farming families, and a varied range of referral groups including perinatal and Indigenous mental health.
Importantly, appropriate security support is incorporated, which can respond to mental health episodes prior to patient transfer to hospitals in larger cities.
By taking ownership of risks and issues, while fostering a vibrant and collaborative culture, Aurecon’s project management and stakeholder engagement programme contributed to reinvigorating this project.
The new Roma Hospital improves and maintains the health and well-being of patients, staff and Queensland’s regional communities not only today, but also for future generations.
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