Current and future patients of Cabrini health service will benefit from lifesaving cardiac, acute geriatric, medical imaging and radiotherapy services, with a new facility to be built at Cabrini’s Malvern campus subject to [the approval of local governing authorities].
Cabrini Chief Executive Dr. Michael Walsh says the new clinical building is an essential and inevitable upgrade given the design and length of service of some of Cabrini Malvern’s older buildings.
“For 67 years, Cabrini has provided care and support to our community with compassion, integrity, courage and respect. The Cabrini Sisters opened the original ‘new hospital’ in 1958 and it has cared for tens of thousands of patients for almost 60 years.
“Over the decades, hospital care has changed and the needs of our community have changed,” said Dr. Walsh.
“In 2015, we are caring for an increasing number of elderly patients, many of whom have chronic cardiac, respiratory and other conditions. Our facilities need new and improved design to meet the needs of these patients and their families and to provide the best working environment for our doctors and staff.
More convenient access to radiotherapy cancer treatment will be a key feature of the new clinical building. “Currently, patients who need radiotherapy have to be treated elsewhere. We will soon be able to provide fully integrated cancer care to meet the needs of the Cabrini community,” said Dr. Walsh.
Dr. Walsh says the new building would include an expanded maternity unit with a multidisciplinary, integrated model of care for pregnant women and their families. “Currently 2000 babies are delivered each year at Cabrini and there is a high level of demand for this service. The new facility will ensure we can continue to offer the very best level of care for the community,” he said.
The new clinical building, located on Cabrini’s current footprint, will include:
- A new radiotherapy centre and a contemporary day oncology unit with an emphasis on the patient experience
- Expanded maternity facilities and an upgraded special care nursery
- A new cardiac services unit to urgently treat issues of cardiac rhythm and cardiac failure
- An acute geriatric medical unit to meet the needs of elderly, frail, or cognitively impaired patients
- An improved emergency department, which will enable us to treat our increasingly complex patient presentations
- Medical wards for the treatment of neurology, stroke and infectious diseases
- A greater proportion of single patient rooms across all new levels
Dr. Walsh said the project has been well received by the Cabrini community so far.
“We’re looking forward to keeping the community informed about this project and will provide regular updates on the Cabrini website,” Dr. Walsh said.