Half million dollar upgrade coming to QEH ward C9
Ward C9 of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) is expected to undergo a major $550,000 renovation starting next week.
The Ivy-Viola Williams Foundation, led by brothers Paul and Peter Williams, is funding the refurbishment, which is expected to last about four weeks.
When completed, the ward, which can hold a maximum of 24 patients, is expected to raise the level of patient safety and efficiency, while incorporating more modern technology.
The announcement of the upgrade was made today at a media conference at the Martindales Road facility.
Pointing out that Ward C9 contained “fairly sick patients”, acting Chief Executive Officer Louise Bobb said the upgrade came at “a very opportune time”.
“The refurbishment will include not only a modernization and transformation of the ward itself and how work flows throughout the ward among our medical and nursing staff but also it is an upgrade with respect to the technology that is going to be used in the ward. And we expect this renovation to be the launch pad for future physical development projects in the hospital in the area of clinical services,” said Bobb.
Trustee of the Ivy-Viola Williams Foundation Paul Williams said the renovation was “a much needed” one. He was confident that there would be significant benefits when it was completed.
Williams said they took the decision to renovate the ward after a discussion with the head of the department of medicine Dr Anne-Marie Hassell in January who outlined the expected benefits.
“An improved C9 would definitely benefit the hospital in many ways . . . It will improve the delivery drastically of health care in this ward. It will definitely allow the patients a larger percentage of recovery and it will also take the stress off the Accident & Emergency, particularly those heart patients who are on monitors,” said Williams.
“So by improving the efficiencies on this ward there are a lot of different synergies that will benefit the hospital and the other wards that are critical to life in this hospital,” said Williams.
Describing the project as “a very hefty and exciting” one, Dr Hassell said “we are changing around the unit a little bit so that it will increase visibility [and] increase patient accessibility . . . so that when we move to a non-paper medical record system we already have all the facilities in there.
“It is the one medical ward that has no medical gases. So we cannot ventilate patients on that ward. So we will be placing medical gases there. We will also be placing additional cardiac monitors . . . We will also be having additional special clinical carts for each cubicle so that administration of medication is safer. Then we are going to be upgrading beds and the general overall area for the patients,” said Dr Hassell.
During the period of renovation, patients will be temporarily housed in other areas of the hospital. They are to be relocated over the weekend into early next week.