We are improving our services with the new Gandel Wing on the existing Cabrini Malvern campus on Wattletree Road at the corner of Isabella Street. The new Gandel Wing 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 and medical wards for the treatment of infectious diseases and for cognitively impaired patients.
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.
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.
Preliminary construction works are underway with $20m invested in 62 separate projects in the lead-up to our largest ever infrastructure project. For example:
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.
The design involves closing the entrance to the underground carpark off Isabella Street, which will reduce traffic on that street, and increased underground carparking.
There will be an overall net increase of 48 beds.
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.
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.
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. The Gandel Wing will be funded significantly by donors’ generosity and commitment.