Our new Gandel Wing is a $120m investment in the health and wellbeing of current and future patients. We have embarked on this journey seven years ago with the aim to improve our facilities in order to meet the growing needs of our community. We believe that this new wing will help us deliver an exceptional patient experience and even better health service.
To continue to fulfil our role in providing rapid and high-quality emergency care, we had to expand our emergency department (ED). The ground floor of the Gandel Wing now includes 19 new ED beds with ten acute treatment bays and nine private rooms. The additional space allowed the integration of specialised medical imaging equipment, which includes: a CT scanner, general x-ray room and ultrasound room. This new medical imaging capability improves the speed of diagnosis which in turn enables our ED specialists to swiftly determine the best treatment plan for patients.
The first floor of the Gandel Wing provides a contemporary clinical environment for patients who come to Cabrini with acute cardiac problems such as irregular heartbeat. This new facility will provide a multidisciplinary approach to cardiac care, incorporating medical and surgical care (post-operative cardiothoracic), acute care and chronic care into one place. The acute cardiac service is a 20-bed unit, comprising 18 private rooms and one double room.
Our expanded Maternity & Baby service on Level 2 will provide extra capacity in a contemporary setting. The 19 private rooms (all with double beds) allow new mothers to rest and recover in comfort, with spouses able to stay overnight. The additional capacity means more children can safely begin their lives at Cabrini.
Level 3 of the Gandel Wing is home to general medical services supporting greater mobility of our older patients. The purpose-built ward environment will enable our staff and doctors to better meet the needs of this complex group of patients with a focus on care that is comprehensive and well- coordinated. The design of rooms and common areas within this unit is focused on safety and patient care, with the goal of reducing the risk of patients having falls and experiencing delirium.
The new Infusion Treatment Unit includes: 28 day-treatment chairs, one procedure room, four treatment and recovery bays and two isolation rooms. The consolidation of all chemotherapy treatments into one area will allow patients at Cabrini Malvern to have their cancer treatment in greater comfort and privacy. A dedicated treatment and recovery area will enable patients requiring bone marrow sampling to have this done with appropriate sedation in a safe and controlled environment.
The Gandel Wing includes a purpose-built radiotherapy facility, with linear accelerators to deliver radiation therapy, and a mapping CT (which stands for computed tomography) capability for medical imaging. The consolidation of chemotherapy, diagnostic and radiotherapy services into one location means that patients can have all of their cancer treatment in one familiar place. This provides greater convenience and comfort for a better patient experience.
Cabrini’s new respiratory and medical specialties ward is located on the top storey of the building. This ward provides specialised facilities to help us manage care of patients who have respiratory and infectious illnesses, such as influenza. This new ward includes 18 private rooms and one double room.