Another milestone in the Hodgman Government’s $689 million Royal Hobart Hospital (RHH) Redevelopment decanting strategy is complete, with the relocation of the general and women’s surgical units from today.

The general and women’s surgical units are now located on level 2, A-Block, on the corner of Liverpool and Campbell streets.

The new ward has 24-beds and is complemented by an additional two beds in the elective post-operative care unit of the Department of Critical Care Medicine.

The elective post-operative care unit will allow close monitoring of high acuity patients in the early post-operative stage.

This move means that level 4 and 2 of B-Block are now vacated.

General medicine and mental health are scheduled to move to the new temporary inpatient facility at the end of November, while the final occupants of B-Block, the clinical offices and consultant rooms, are scheduled to vacate in early December.

This will enable the demolition of B-Block making way for construction of the new 250-bed K-Block, which will provide much more space for patients.

Our safe decant plan maintains the same number of operational beds at the RHH and the Tasmanian Health Service is working to ensure that the hospital maintains the capability to service Tasmanians while K-Block is built.

The RHH Redevelopment project will deliver a state-of-the-art health facility for generations of Tasmanians to come.

It is a crucial part of the Hodgman Government’s plan to create a better health system for everyone with higher quality services and improved patient outcomes.

On behalf of the Government I thank our dedicated staff for their enthusiasm and support for the relocation of patient services into newly refurbished and constructed areas, which is an essential stage of the overall project.

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