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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 22 September 2005) . . Page.. 3669 ..

What has been delivered for the $934 000 capital works expenditure as at the end of March on the refurbishment of Paediatrics;

What was the total expenditure on this project as at the end of the 2004-05 financial year;

When will this project be completed;

How will this refurbishment deliver better outcomes or services to consumers.

Mr Corbell: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The $934,000 capital works expenditure on the refurbishment of Paediatrics as at the end of March 2005 delivered 100% completion of the design work and 64% completion of Stage 1 construction works on level 4. All demolition, passive fire works, floor leveling and grinding, rough in of engineering services and a proportion of the final fit out was completed in this quarter.

The total expenditure for the Paediatrics Refurbishment Project at the end of the 2004-05 financial year was $3,592,996.

The Paediatrics Refurbishment Project is planned for completion and handover in October 05

The refurbishment of the Paediatric Department is predicated on the concept of a “children’s space” within a general hospital setting.

The refurbishment facilitates the consolidation of all inpatient activity on the same floor. This allows for more efficient use of resources especially given the seasonal nature of paediatric hospitalisation requirements.

The refurbishment process has allowed:

integration of the entire in-patient service;

consolidation and cost effective infrastructure;

efficient distribution and use of medications, equipment, beds, monitoring services;

common departmental protocols;

common school senior and primary hospital space with integrated teacher functionality;

a single in-patient entry point and ward clerk services;

improved patient and parent facilities;

integration of Ronald MacDonald House/Rooms for parents;

purpose built adolescent spaces;

increased size and functionality of safe play spaces and better play therapy facilities;

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