Centre a design benchmark

Beauty, technology and function: Medical co-director Hannah Seymour with nursing director Eva Storey at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Beauty, technology and function: Medical co-director Hannah Seymour with nursing director Eva Storey at the new Rehabilitation Centre at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

After five long years of planning and construction, Dr Seymour said everything was ‘right on track’ to relocate Shenton Park Royal Perth Rehabilitation Hospital (RPRH) to the new purpose-built facility on October 4.

‘Every time I visit there are always new things arriving that bring us another step closer to opening our doors,’ she said.

‘We’re getting down to the nitty gritty level of detail of starting the big implementation plan, getting through staff orientation, how we get patients here.

‘Right now it feels like we only need a few chairs and we’ll be ready to go.’

Dr Seymour said Shenton Park RPRH staff and patients were on design committees and worked with the architects to provide practical design elements with a focus on mental wellbeing.

‘Each ward has access to an outdoor space, all the windows have views and the artwork has all been integrated throughout the building,’ she said.

‘At Shenton Park at the moment, the environment is not great, privacy is not great.

‘Having the high proportion of 50 per cent single rooms, all ensuite bedrooms, lots of places to go talk to people and gyms attached to every ward with lovely big windows ‘