State-of-the-art equipment arriving daily at the New Oakville Hospital

The new Oakville facility will need at least 39,000 pieces of furniture, equipment, and information and communications technologies.

IV poles and stretchers
State-of-the-art equipment arriving daily at the New Oakville Hospital

It is easy to see the progress from the outside as the 1.6-million square-foot New Oakville Hospital takes shape. What is harder to appreciate is what is happening inside as all of the rooms are filled with equipment – from IV poles and vital signs monitors to MRI machines and CT scanners.

That is the job of Larry Rook, the hospital’s Director of Equipment and Planning Integration, and his team. They started by listing each and every piece of furniture and equipment needed for every room in the hospital. Before the new facility opens, at least 39,000 pieces of furniture, equipment, and information and communications technologies will be moved in.

And action is ramping up. In May, 10,900 items were delivered, including more than 6,100 in one day.  Any equipment and furniture that can be used from the former facility will be transferred, but about 30,000 pieces will be new.

Other significant state-of-the-art equipment deliveries to-date includes the pharmacy’s new robotic pill picker machine and 137 individual pieces of lab equipment already assembled for the automation line. Both will improve efficiency and safety at the new hospital.

The pharmacy robot will use bar code technology to sort and package medication dosages, and ensure they are delivered to the correct patients.

Robotic Pill Picker

The pharmacy’s new robotic pill picker machine will sort and package medication dosages, and ensure they are delivered to the correct patients. Photo Credit: Halton Healthcare Services

One of the first of its kind in Canada, the sophisticated new custom built laboratory automation system uses bar code and tracking technology. It has the capacity to process more than 65 different types of tests at one time and up to one million tests per year.

All of these details add up to one massive undertaking. The budget for equipment and furniture is second only to construction costs and is funded primarily by the community’s many generous donors.

“Planning all of the furniture and equipment for a new hospital takes a team approach,” says Rook. “It’s a lot of people doing a lot of work so that it operates seamlessly when it opens.”

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