Patient-centred design shaped the early planning and final design of Austin Health’s Short Stay Unit
BLP secured the scheme following the completion of a Strategic Masterplan which identified the Emergency Department (ED) to expand their Short Stay Observation Unit (SSOU) as the top priority to address the rapid demand and growth in ED presentations at the Austin Hospital Campus.
The project saw BLP undertake the design and delivery of a new Short Stay Unit which was built above the ambulance bay to optimise real estate on the very constrained site. The department includes an additional 20 beds for paediatric and short stay observation patients as well as four beds allocated for the Psychiatric Assessment and Planning Unit. The space also features an indoor lounge which opens up to this safe outdoor lounge. Its design provides for an abundance of natural light and long views, grass underfoot, fresh air and an ability to meander in peace
The expansion has greatly enhanced the Emergency Department’s capacity allowing for reduced wait times, the ability to receive more patients and more effective management of patients who require a degree of extended monitoring and treatment.
Location – Heidelberg, Victoria
Client – Department of Health/ Austin Health
Completed – 2016