"The new neurosurgical suite is amongst the most advanced in the country"
Katy Gallagher, Minister of Health for the Australian Capital Territory

GEShaw, Magneton, Canberra Hospital. BVN.

GEShaw, Magneton, Canberra Hospital. BVN.

GEShaw, Magneton, Canberra Hospital. BVN.

GEShaw, Magneton, Canberra Hospital. BVN.

GEShaw, Magneton, Canberra Hospital. BVN.

Neurosuite at the Canberra Hospital

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Details

Client
ACT Health Directorate
Location
Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, Garran, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Completion
June 2008 - September 2010
Value
$10,500,000.00
Services
Full Architectural Services
Size

1,110m² GFA - SAPU

Description

Cutting-edge neuro-surgery suite aimed to enhance neurosurgical procedures

The Neuro-surgery suite and Surgical Assessment Planning Unit (SAPU) project provides two distinct surgical additions to the existing clinical facilities at the Canberra Hospital. Cutting-edge intra-operative neurosurgical facilities are provided on level three and additional surgical assessment capacity to the emergency department on level two.

The principle objectives of the project were to increase the effectiveness of neurosurgical procedures and increase the hospital’s capacity for short stay assessment. The key component of the project is Australia’s first intra-operative MRI suite, a two-room suite, which includes ‘IMRISneuro’, a moveable MRI scanner with a 5 tonne magnet that allows doctors to scan patients during brain surgery. This facility realises the hospital’s vision to increase the effectiveness of procedures, lower the possibility of repeat surgery and increase accuracy in analysis of changes in brain position and anatomy during surgery.

The addition of the SAPU ward on the level below the neurosurgical suite provides a new 14 bed surgical assessment ward as an addition to the existing emergency department. It serves as a processing ward for assessment times of up to 72 hours before patient release or transfer to in-patient facilities. This component of the project a further 1,100m² of surgical support and assessment space to the existing facilities at Canberra Hospital.

GEShaw, Magneton, Canberra Hospital. BVN.
GEShaw, Magneton, Canberra Hospital. BVN.

Location

Canberra Hospital, Yamba Drive, Garran, Australian Capital Territory, Australia

Brief Elements

  • Neuro-surgery Suite with Moveable MRI
  • SAPU Ward
  • Increase Effectiveness of Neurosurgical Procedures
  • Increase the Hospital's Capacity for Short Stay Assessment
  • Interoperative MRI

Summary

  • Very Difficult Site; BVN selected a Void on Level 3 of the Existing Building as the Most Suitable in Terms of Size and Proximity to Recovery Bays and Main Surgical Suite
  • New Structural Grid from the Loading Dock up to Level 3 Required, in Order to Accommodate the Large Travelling Weights of the MRI
  • SAPU Ward planned around the Resulting Column Locations; its Location on Level 2 Provided Secure Entry as a Standalone Ward
  • Neurosuite Designed to Maximise Efficient Patient and Utility Flow
  • Light Colour Scheme chosen for SAPU Ward to keep The tone Bright, as Natural Light is Limited

Consultants

Norman Disney & Young
Acoustics
GHD
Structural
Shelmerdines
Mechanical, Electrical
THCS
Hydraulics, Services
GE Shaw & Associates (ACT) Pty Ltd
Project Manager
Procurement Solutions
Procurement Management
Thinc Health Australia
Project Director
WT Partnership
Quantity Surveyor
Clarke & Di Pauli Surveyors
Land Surveyor
Defire
Fire Protection
Bassett Consulting Engineers
Mechanical, Electrical, Lifts
Schindler Lifts Australia Pty Ltd
Lifts
Imris Inc.
Supplier