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Royal Darwin Hospital Paediatrics and Ward 4B Refurbishment

Royal Darwin Hospital Paediatrics and Ward 4B Refurbishment, NT
project details
Royal Darwin Hospital, Rocklands Dve, Tiwi, NT
Northern Territory Government
Contract Value:
Commencement Date:
26 August 2015
Completion Date:
06 June 2017
Colin Fripp, Department Of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics

The scope of work involved the refurbishment of the Royal Darwin Hospital Main Block Level 3, 4 and 5 in three Separable Portions. Works were conducted in a staged manner to minimise disruption to hospital operations throughout this complex construction project.

Portion 1 included the refurbishment of Ward 4A and 5A concurrently, including asbestos removal, demolition works and the construction of the new Paediatrics Ward including metal stud framing and linings, aluminium and glazing, joinery, furniture and floor coverings including nurses station, single, double and 4 bed ward rooms, ensuites and support facilities as well as the Starlight room, education centre and adolescent lounge. Work on Level 4A involved the demolition and reinstatement of ceilings and a complete refurbishment of services.

Portion 2 included the demolition of the existing ward 4B isolation rooms and the construction of 6 new Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms, including ante rooms and ensuites and a new Quarantine Isolation Room including airlock and ensuite as well as new plant room, storeroom, staff write up area and new dirty utilities room. In addition, there was a full refurbishment of the existing ward rooms located in 4B North.

Portion 3 is the remaining Paediatrics Ward 5B including nurses station, single, double and 4 bed wards, ensuites, 2 Negative Pressure Isolation Rooms including ante room and ensuite for paediatric patients, staff lounge and training room, plant room and admin support facilities.

Work within a facility such as the Royal Darwin Hospital has operational challenges that are unique. The project involved very restrictive access requirements and working hours to ensure minimal patient disruption so RDH could continue to operate with minimal disruption.

The work included major services upgrades such as medical gas and sanitary facilities which had to be managed so that patients and staff were not adversely affected by service isolations.

Communication with the multiple stakeholders was imperative and required a versatile site team to handle the day to day challenges that the project encountered.