Some of Tasmania’s most vulnerable patients will receive care and treatment in greatly improved facilities at the Royal Hobart Hospital from tomorrow.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is progressing the $689 million RHH Redevelopment which will deliver Tasmanians a state-of-the-art health facility for generations to come.

The relocation of the Department of Psychiatry to levels 2 and 3 of J-Block on Tuesday is the final inpatient move in the Tasmanian Government’s safe decanting plan.

The new look department features 32-beds, with the capacity to use the de-escalation room if required to bring the total beds available to 33.

Patients will be afforded more privacy with the purpose built wards configured predominantly in single-bed rooms.
The design also ensures all patients have access to outdoor space.

Contemporary treatment and support will be provided to patients through new spaces, such as sensory modulation and de-escalation, in the new high dependency unit.

Modern, durable anti-ligature furniture and fittings have been sourced from mental health experts nationwide and overseas.

State-of-the-art information communication technology will be a feature in the new wards including mobile duress alarms, sensory modulation lighting and centralised television and lighting control.

The RHH Redevelopment and hospital staff have planned the extensive operational commissioning and decanting requirements needed to ensure the relocation of patients is done appropriately and efficiently.

The J-Block inpatient facility will be an opportunity to confirm design elements before the mental health wards in the new K-Block are built.

The Hodgman Liberal Government is continuing to implement our long term Plan for Health which is about putting patients first and delivering higher quality services and better health outcomes for all Tasmanians.

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