Eastern Health has a total of 1,456 beds and services a community of 774,000 people located across 2,800 square kilometres. The health services department has 7 hospitals with 3 emergency departments with over 40 sites across 21 locations. Eastern Health also has over 8,500 staff and cater to just over 1.33 million episodes of patient care each year.
At the 4th Annual Infection Prevention and Control Conference, Leanne Houston, former Associate Director of Infection Prevention & Control at Eastern Health highlighted the redevelopment strategy that their Box Hill Hospital in Melbourne went through.
In their design phase for the Hospital, these are the considerations that they looked at:
Establishment of Clinical User Groups
Multidisciplinary including IPAC, OHS, Allied Health and Support Services
Know the standards
Segregated/Specialty Air Handling
- Haem/Onc & ICU
- Pandemic planning
Set some Ground Rules
- Furnishings, fixtures and finishes
- Hand basins/hand hygiene
- Isolation rooms
Building Monitoring Systems
There was an extensive risk assessment and monitoring that occurred during the building phase of the project, the air intake, dust mitigation strategies and increased surveillance were the prime priorities of making sure the quality and control of the hospital were met.
Leanne pinpoints the main aspects to keep in mind to the commission:
What needs to be commissioned?
- Hepa filtered areas
- Isolation/Negative pressure rooms
- Water quality
- Fixtures and fittings
- Have a plan
- Education- negative pressure
Here are some key messages to keep in mind to ensure a smooth redevelopment process
- Know your patient population
- Be involved from day one
- Don’t underestimate the resources required from an IPAC perspective- Ensure there is an allocation of additional resources before it starts
- Research and network
- Know when to call in the experts
- Build positive relationships with all key stakeholders
- Is worth it in the end
Don’t miss out on the 5th Annual Infection Prevention and Control Conference on the 9th April in Melbourne.
Professor David Plunkett, Chief Executive Officer at Eastern Health will be discussing on “Quality & safety in delivering positive patient experiences” this year.
Here are the issues that he will be focusing on:
- Strategically build collaboration and engagement
- Strengthen communication between clinicians, executives and medical professionals
- Develop organisational change with clinician engagement, effective leadership & support