North Shore Hospital - Inpatient Pharmacy Refurbishment

Works included asbestos removal demolition, office fitout works, partitions, ceilings, carpet flooring, epoxy flooring, vinyl flooring, reocation of the kithcen chillers, and associated serices alterations.

It was absolutely critical that our construction works did not impinge on the normal hospital operations. We succeeded in achieving this despite the inpatient pharmacy expanding into adjacent spaces occupied by kitchen services and the staff cafeteria with nutrition, dietitian, management and administration staff in nearby offices.

The client led the staging, which was driven by first freeing up space in the kitchen whilst ensuring no disruption to the production and delivery of 3 meals a day, Q then backfilled other areas into that space through the subsequent stages. The project was staged across five phases and 30 weeks to limit the active workface, reducing overall disruption to the hospital, staff and patients.

Q employed rigorous infection-control measures and systematically defined and isolated each active work area by installing floor-to ceiling, wipe-down plastic hoardings. This created cleanroom-like environments with negative pressure used to confine any dust to the work sites. Noisy works and services interruptions were done out of hours, often between 3am and 5am.

The Pharmacy’s robust security and regulatory compliance with respect to drug storage and logistics, was maintained while allowing the pharmacy to continue operating
and servicing the hospital throughout the construction project.

Project Value
February - October 2017
Chow Hill Architects

The challenge

It was absolutely critical to the WDHB that we undertake the works while not affecting the hospital operations and it is a challenge that our team succeeded in. Particularly in refurbishing parts of the kitchen which needed to continue producing and delivering 3 meals a day for patients throughout the hospital; along with allowing the inpatient pharmacy to continue operating and servicing the hospital, while also maintaining security and regulatory requirements around drug storage and logistics.

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