MBH Nurse Unit Manager Noriel Serato (left) and Senior Staff Paediatrician, Dr Hari in the new paediatric unit.

CONSTRUCTION of Mildura Base Hospital’s new $3.8 million Paediatric Unit is now complete, with the eight-bed unit featuring a comforting style and non-clinical feel.

Ramsay Health Care has overseen development and finalisation of the state-of-the-art unit before Ramsay’s contract to operate the hospital ends on September 15.

The new stand-alone unit includes eight single rooms, with an en suite in each and enough room for a parent to stay overnight with their child.

Telehealth facilities are available in each room, natural light floods in through large windows, and the earthy colours of the interior design reflect the local environment.

“This is a state-of-the-art unit where we can care for children in a specialised environment,” MBH Paediatrician Dr Suriyanarayanapillai Hariprakash (Dr Hari) said.

“A specialised Paediatrics Unit, with specialist staff, means more of our young patients can be treated here, close to home, and with the support of their families close by, which is of course so important.”

The $3.882 million project was funded by the Victorian Government and built by Mildura-based contractor King’s Construction.

Dr Hari said the construction began in February and March and was completed last week.

It had been a smooth process with very little impact on patients and existing services.

“We’ve been able to create quite a unique space here that is purpose built and, with the exception of some delays due to COVID-19, the whole construction process has been straight forward,” he said.

The ward is a dedicated area for the provision of services to patients under 16. “We didn’t want it to have a clinical feel to it, so the architecture, the high ceilings and the natural light are all quite different from what you might expect in a hospital,” Dr Hari said.