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New Royal North Shore Hospital demonstrates power of design

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BVN Architecture design project, the new Royal North Shore Hospital Acute Services Building was opened recently by the Premier, the Honourable Barry O’Farrell MP and Minister for Health, the Honourable Jillian Skinner MP.
 
Part of a $1.1billion overhaul, the new Royal North Shore Hospital Acute Services Building, according to Mr O’Farrell is ‘the largest hospital redevelopment in NSW history’.
 
Designed by BVN Donovan Hill, working for Thiess and Infrashore, the new hospital has over 5,000 rooms, with 4,000 staff and 126 departments, and is one of the most technologically advanced hospitals in New South Wales.
 
Ms Sue Shilbury, General Manager of RNS/Ryde Health Service commented that the design of the hospital has dramatically changed the way people interact with one another.
 
BVN Donovan Hill Principal Abbie Galvin remarked on ‘how design has had the power in such a large project to manage the level of complexity to make significant changes to the way people work’.
 
The design process began by interacting with a wide range of clinician groups to ensure all clinical requirements were taken into account. Ms Galvin noted that this collaboration enabled them to incorporate the highly complex mix of activities and design an improved work environment. For example, all 40 outpatient clinics are now located on the ground floor level making access for visitors and clinicians alike easier and faster.
 
Health Minister Jillian Skinner noted how the Royal North Shore Hospital has been recognised for providing some of the best medical treatment in Australia.

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