West Wimmera Health Service has had an extensive review of renovation works planned for Nhill Hospital’s operating theatre.
The health group temporarily closed the theatre earlier this year after routine maintenance identified the asset required more extensive structural works.
Works will include modifications to a heating and cooling system, including how the theatre’s air is filtered, a new equipment and stock storage system, and ultimately remodelling of an instrument-cleaning flow to ensure the service meets the highest safety standards possible.
An architect and mechanical engineer have been working with the health group to prepare work specifications with the tender process to appoint a principal building contractor underway.
Chief executive Ritchie Dodds said preparation and planning for theatre renovations had been important to ensure the updated theatre was in line with new safety and quality-related operating-theatre standards.
“The project is a key priority to allow us to meet our community’s needs for locally delivered surgical services by visiting specialists well into the future,” he said.
“Anticipation is that theatre renovations will be finished in early 2019.
“We thank the community for their patience and understanding and we’ll continue to keep people informed of developments as and when they arise.”