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High-tech hospital is on track with 300km of cables

St Stephen's Hospital general manager Leanne Tones and director of nursing Jill O'Brien take a group on a walk through of the hospital construction worksite.
St Stephen's Hospital general manager Leanne Tones and director of nursing Jill O'Brien take a group on a walk through of the hospital construction worksite. Valerie Horton

THE Fraser Coast's new St Stephen's Hospital is beginning to take shape and remains on schedule for a September opening.

In total some 300km of cables has been packed inside the hospital's walls, part of what's required to construct Australia's most advanced digital hospital.

Mobile devices connect to medical records and help doctors and nurses access information from bedsides.

It also means those records are updated immediately as part of routine daily checks.

St Stephen's Hospital director of nursing Jill O'Brien said having real-time records and access to information could also improve treatment.

"There's plenty of data and statistics to support improvement in patient safety from ensuring that they get the right medication to the right patient at the right time along with other abilities to meet indicators that are important," she said.

Ms O'Brien said St Stephen's had already a large number of specialty services it would be able to supply, but said it was still in discussions with an oncologist, gynaecologist and a pain specialist to run private services from the hospital.

The project, near the public hospital on Nissen St, is partially funded by the Federal Government's Health and Hospitals Fund Regional Priority Round.

The government's contribution of $47.1 million will have St Stephen's existing day surgery expand to a 96-bed inpatient facility with five operating theatres.

Hospital build

  • 350 tonnes of structural steel used
  • 5500 cubic metres concrete poured
  • 3500 cubic metres of rock excavated
  • 100-200 construction workers onsite at any time
  • 65% of workforce are local tradesmen

Topics:  digital hospital hervey bay st stephens hospital



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