What are you building at Cabrini?
We are improving our services with a new clinical building within the existing Cabrini Malvern campus on Wattletree Road at the corner of Isabella Street. The new clinical building will help us to address the changing needs and expectations of our patients, upgrade older infrastructure and improve medical services across a range of areas.
The building, which has seven storeys aboveground and a basement with extra carparking, comprises approximately 100 new, private patient rooms and a range of contemporary services including a radiotherapy centre, a contemporary day oncology unit, expanded maternity facilities including an upgraded special care nursery, an improved emergency department, an improved cardiac services unit to urgently treat issues of cardiac failure and cardiac rhythm, medical wards for the treatment of infectious diseases and for cognitively impaired patients.
What are the benefits of the proposed new clinical building?
Cabrini patients, and anyone who might choose or need to use Cabrini in the future, will benefit from the new facility. Cabrini has a long history of providing excellent care to patients needing emergency care, for urgent cardiac patients and for maternity patients. Patients in need of radiotherapy treatment for cancer will benefit greatly. Currently, patients who need radiotherapy have had to be treated elsewhere. We will soon be able to provide fully integrated cancer care to meet the needs of the Cabrini community.
What will the impacts be on the local community?
The design for the building includes closing the existing carpark entrance off Isabella Street, which will reduce traffic in that street and improve local amenity for residents. Other benefits are new canopy trees and landscaping, we well as undergrounding of powerlines adjacent to the new building. As with any development project, there will be some disruption as construction proceeds. We will seek to minimise this disruption and will provide regular updates to the community throughout the construction period.
When will construction start?
Preliminary construction works are underway with $20m invested in 62 separate projects in the lead-up to our largest ever infrastructure project. For example:
- A new vascular consulting area has been established on the site of the old auditorium (level 1)
- Work on our new cardiac consulting precinct is underway on the site of the old children’s centre (level 1) – the last step in enabling consultants based at medical centre 1 to move into new rooms so that the existing building can be demolished to make way for the new clinical building
- We will soon have a new patient lounge on the site of the old cardiac catheterisation laboratory (ground floor) where patients can wait in comfort to be picked up from their appointments or hospital stay
When will construction end?
The total construction time of this project is likely to be around 22 months from the beginning of construction with completion likely to be in early 2019.
Will the new clinical building result in extra traffic in local streets?
The design involves closing the entrance to the underground carpark off Isabella Street, which will reduce traffic on that street, and increased underground carparking.
Will there be an increase in the number of beds as a result of this development?
There will be an overall net increase of 48 beds.
Will Cabrini provide more carparking as part of this redevelopment?
The new clinical building will provide a net gain of 93 carparking spaces. It also includes a new bicycle facility to encourage cycling to work.
What will the new clinical building cost?
We estimate the total cost of the new facility including medical equipment, fitout and associated works to be approximately $120 million. This is a significant investment in the future health and wellbeing of our local community.
How will the new building be funded?
Cabrini is a not-for-profit health service. We do not rely on direct government or church funding. We rely substantially on the goodwill of our generous donors, who support us in various ways including bequests. Our new clinical building will be funded significantly by donors’ generosity and commitment.