The Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH) has proposed a request to establish an Ambulatory Care Centre, which is set to cost up to two billion dollars.
Working in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, RMH is seeking support from a commercial advisory service to provide advice in relation to the Ambulatory Care Centre.
The care centre would also predominantly be used as a teaching hospital for the University of Melbourne, with patients not accommodated overnight.
“In partnership with The University of Melbourne, we are looking at the feasibility to create an innovative and integrated model for an Ambulatory Care Centre that delivers world-class patient outcomes, research opportunities and training for our future clinical workforce,” Acting Chief Executive Professor Ruth Vine said in a statement. “This Request for Proposal is an important stage in the broader planning works being undertaken for the future redevelopment of the RMH, should funding become available.”
Extensive redevelopment of the Royal Melbourne Hospital has been identified as the main factor for realising the 2025 vision of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct – a leading global research and teaching powerhouse ranked one of the top five biomedical precincts in the world.
This will also enable RMH to meet future service demand and consumer expectations, and to continue to provide high quality clinical services as a centre of excellence in care, research and learning.
The Ambulance Employees Association of Australia is an industrial organisation that protects and improves the working conditions and general welfare of all employees engaged in ambulance work.
Steve McGee, General Secretary of Ambulance Employees Australia, Victoria, says that RMH desperately needs the proposed renovations.
“I think just for access, the availability and the better conditions will make it better for patients, firstly to get access to the hospital and for the staff to work around patients,” Mr McGee told The Newsroom. “But also a renovation might increase bed numbers – to be able to take in and cope with the volume of patients coming in through the door.”
After listing the hospital projects funded by his party in the past, Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the government would meet its election commitments first, while also considering the Royal Melbourne Hospital project. – Photo and report by Sarah Batt