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Royal Darwin Hospital PET and Second CT Scanner Facilities, Darwin, NT

project details
Location:
Royal Darwin Hospital, NT
Client:
Northern Territory Government
Contract Value:
$6.6M
Commencement Date:
17 August 2017
Completion Date:
5 December 2018
Referees:
Matthew Stone, Project Manager

In August 2017 Sitzler were awarded the contract to deliver additional cancer care services for Territorians at the Royal Darwin Hospital in the form of a Second CT Scanner and a new PET Scanner, the first of its kind for the Northern Territory. The project scope comprised of demolition, concrete ground slab and suspended slab, blockwork internal partitions, glazing, internal fit out, medical gasses and new mechanical plant.

The CT Scanner facility was constructed within the existing RDH Campus in an area that was once an internal courtyard. This site was located immediately adjacent to the Accident and Emergency Department and below ICU both of which operate 24/7. Materials for the CT scanner had to be transported at night via the RDH loading dock, through the Radiology and A&E corridors whilst allowing the clinical operations to continue.

Special work methods were adopted to reduce noise and vibration such as the use of core holes in lieu of hammer drills, agreed set times to undertake any noisy work and undertaking the majority of works outside of normal business hours. Works were closely programmed to ensure that no unplanned impacts to the Clinical Operations occurred. The PET Scanner building consisted of an elevated separate concrete structure located within the existing loading dock area.

The construction of the PET and CT scanner facilities included the installation of substantial lead shielding to walls, doors and glazing to achieve the required radiation control.

Sitzler undertook the project using 100% local businesses and worked in close collaboration with all Royal Darwin Hospital stakeholders. The new CT and PET Scanners are the latest pieces of medical equipment to enhance the diagnostic capabilities of the Northern Territory.