The­atre up­date

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - News -

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.”

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