THE year of 2020 promises to be an exciting one for South Gippsland Hospital. The construction of the new operating theatre and maternity suite is progressing well. The roof has been installed and the external wall cladding will be in place in coming weeks.
While the maternity suite upgrade takes place, the birth suite has been relocated into a cordoned off ward area complete with all the necessary emergency equipment for birthing mothers and newborns. Four babies have been born in the temporary birth suite to date. We expect completion of the new maternity suite in February 2020 and look forward to welcoming our first baby in the new facility shortly afterwards.
For patients undergoing surgery in 2020, our post-operative recovery area and change rooms will be temporarily relocated to another cordoned off ward area from February through to June, when the new operating theatre is due to be completed. There will be some noise resulting from the building works, however this will be kept to a minimum.
In addition, the former aged care facility Banksia Lodge will undergo internal refurbishment prior to April 2020, when a new innovative program called Seniors Day Stay will commence. The program is funded from the Commonwealth government and is designed to assist frail aged folk remain living at home longer. Seniors Day Stay will provide participants with an individual ensuite bedroom and shared lounge rooms through the day, enabling them to participate in group activities, enjoy a hot lunchtime meal and have a rest in the afternoon or have clinical appointments in the privacy of their own room.
Seniors Day Stay will also provide much needed respite for carers and may be funded from eligible participants’ home care packages. A project officer is currently being recruited to develop the program and liaise with carers and individuals who may like to participate, over coming months.