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October 2014

Pateitn holding knitted teddy bear jpeg

In a well-rehearsed manoeuvre, all Box Hill Hospital patients were moved from the old to the new building. Every patient received a welcome teddy knitted by Eastern Health volunteers. Nurse Stephanie Holmes greeted Daniel McCrimmon, 18.

Mishca sitting on hospital bed jpeg

Mishca Teh, 6, was the first patient to move to the new children’s ward.

Lady holding baby jpeg

Sarah Iannelli, with baby D’Arcy, was the first patient to enter the new Box Hill Hospital.

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Oncology ward patient William Jackson.

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Intensive Care nurse Jessica O’Shaughnessy on the move.

Box Hill patients, staff in smooth move

It took less than seven hours to move Box Hill Hospital’s 220 patients into the new building.

Intensive care patients in beds, newborns in cots and pregnant women in wheelchairs – the first moved at 7 a.m. and last at 1.20 p.m. on September 30.

On October 1, it was business as usual.

Nearly 500 staff were involved in the move and practise runs had taken place over the past few months.

‘I am extremely proud of everyone involved in this enormous project,’ said Eastern Health Executive Director of Acute Health David Plunkett.

‘The move went amazingly well – as we expected it would.

‘We were thrilled to see the smiles on the faces of our staff and, of course, our patients as they settled into their new environment.’

‘Staff and patients at Box Hill Hospital are marking a new era in acute healthcare in Melbourne’s east,’ said Minister for Health David Davis, who met the first patient to move just before 7 o’clock.

The new $447.5 million hospital houses all acute inpatient and specialist day patient services, operating theatres, maternity, specialist cancer and renal inpatient services and a new emergency department.

The former site will be refurbished as specialist clinics.