Situated 400km west of Brisbane, Goondiwindi, with a population of approximately 7,000, faced a crucial upgrade for its single-room hospital, specifically in HVAC and medical gases. With a projected 5-week project timeline and the nearest hospital requiring a challenging 5-hour round trip, contingency planning became essential for 35 expectant mothers.
This initiative aimed to establish a backup room, mitigating potential complications during childbirth and sparing these mothers the long journey to Warwick or Toowoomba in case of emergencies.
Responding to the hospital's request, a mobile Operating Theatre, complete with connecting walkways leading directly to the hospital's rear entrance, was proposed. This strategic installation offered a secure and dependable backup option, effectively eliminating the need for expectant mothers to endure a 2½ hour drive to the nearest hospital. By relocating the clinical service from the hospital building, the project team could seamlessly address critical upgrades, specifically replacing HVAC and medical gas systems, without causing any disruptions to ongoing clinical services.
In just 10 weeks, Q-bital efficiently transformed the concept of a mobile Laminar Flow Operating Theatre into a tangible reality, delivering it to the site. The fully-equipped facility included connecting walkways, comprehensive service and utility connections, and a backup generator. This rapid deployment ensured that no births had to be redirected to distant Toowoomba or Warwick hospitals. Families benefited from having the facility closer to home, enabling a stronger support network and eliminating the need for a time-consuming 2½ hour drive. Q-bital's swift delivery underscores its commitment to providing clinical capacity quickly, enabling and empowering experts to do what they do best.