Large scale simulation to inform hospital design

The largest hospital simulation project ever undertaken in Australia will assist in the planning process for the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Women’s and Children’s Hospital (WCH) Network CEO, Lindsey Gough, said two major contracts for the project have been awarded; one to deliver simulation analytics, and the other to develop the Final Business Case.

“South Australian project and development managers, Trice, have been engaged to deliver simulation analytics which will be invaluable to the planning of the new Women’s and Children’s Hospital,” Ms Gough said.

“The use of data analytics and computer simulation to inform a new hospital build hasn’t been used to this extent before in Australia, and will provide valuable insight on the infrastructure requirements to ensure the highest level operational performance and care for our patients.

“Simulation will help inform the design of key areas of the new hospital; the Paediatric Emergency Department, Operating Theatres, Outpatients Clinics, and Imaging, as well as looking at patient journeys throughout the hospital.

“Trice will work closely with stakeholders in experimenting with the simulation to test the proposed models of care, and will develop the best option for the overall design to ensure the new WCH is well equipped to support staff to continue to provide a high-level of care to patients.”

In addition, the contract to develop the Final Business Case for the new WCH has been awarded to a joint partnership between Deloitte and Aurecon.

“This is another significant step in the early planning phase,” Ms Gough said.

“The Deloitte and Aurecon partnership will provide the Final Business Case which will include mapping out project scheduling and delivery, advice on the project team and resourcing requirements, and risk management.

“The scope of this work also includes helping inform the service, research, education and care opportunities that can arise from co-locating the new WCH with the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

“The new WCH will be designed to meet future growth and deliver healthcare services of the highest standard for South Australian women and children.”

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