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Staff embracing new RAH carbon copies

The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) Skills Centre, located on Level 6 of the current hospital, contains mock ups of an inpatient room, a Technical Suite (operating theatre), a perioperative area (pre-procedure and recovery bays) as well as other innovations to support daily operations.

New RAH Skills Centre Coordinator Michael Lange said the facility allowed staff to experience firsthand new equipment, features and systems being rolled out at the new hospital, as well as train in the new environment.

  • “Having a demonstration facility is an important step in transitioning staff to the new facility on Port Road,” Michael said.
  • “The new hospital offers a new physical design, new and improved technology, as well as new ways of working across clinical services. By simulating facilities that will be most widely used by staff we hope to provide a firsthand experience of what working at the new RAH will be like.”

Since opening in September 2015, the new RAH Skills Centre has attracted doctors, nurses, allied health specialists, support staff, volunteers and students from across the hospital, as well as from the nearby Hampstead Rehabilitation Centre and The Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

The Skills Centre will play a key role in staff training for the new RAH, with thousands of employees expected to complete tailored learning modules in the facility.

  • “The new RAH Skills Centre is a key component of preparing for the move to the new hospital and is currently being used to familiarise staff with the layout and features of key patient areas,” Michael said.
  • “Once the official training program commences, the Skills Centre will be utilised to help train staff in new equipment and systems such as patient beds, patient lifters, telecommunications and automated medication dispensing cabinets.
  • “Training in the Skills Centre will support on-site training to be carried out closer to the move.”

The new RAH Skills Centre is divided into multiple zones, including a fitted out Technical Suite featuring touch screen displays and theatre lighting with inbuilt high-definition cameras, as well as a single inpatient room with the full suite of facilities including a patient lifter and medical gas outlets.

Other zones showcase:

  • an office space with an interactive electronic room booking screen
  • duress alarm device, desk phones and portable phones
  • an Automated Dispensing Cabinet which gives staff access to prescribed medication through fingerprint or password log-in
  • a hospital-wide automated system for restocking clinical supplies.

Training and technology experts leading guided tours as part of a recent Open Day in the new RAH Skills Centre.

Above: Training and technology experts leading guided tours as part of a recent Open Day in the new RAH Skills Centre. 

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