DMA Engineers was engaged to conduct electrical infrastructure condition audits of the following SWHHS remote hospitals: Augathella, Cunnamulla, Dirranbandi, Mitchell, and Mungindi. Following these audits, we then undertook the design of the electrical infrastructure and services upgrades at each hospital site.
The electrical infrastructure condition audit reports highlighted that the sites contained ageing infrastructure which was either at or approaching the end of its economic life. SWHHS was seeking to address the issues associated with ageing infrastructure and for our team to design and document the resulting upgrades.
The audit reports identified that most of the electrical infrastructure needed upgrading. Some critical focus areas that were identified included:
- Back-up power was insufficient and unable to service the needs of the hospitals. SWHHS was seeking to provide back-up power to a larger percentage of the hospitals as part of the electrical infrastructure upgrade.
- Electrical distribution boards and outlets were reaching end of life and required replacing. These boards were also form 1 or 2 boards, which could not provide the required protection of outgoing circuits.
- Electrical distribution boards were not fitted with surge diverters and made them vulnerable to surges.
- Sites were non-compliant with AS/NZS 3003 and Australasian Health Facility Guidelines which require that patient areas be protected by RCDs located in those areas and not in the distribution boards. Cardiac protection required the installation of RCDs within the patient locations. TV power outlets and other power outlets needed to be located out of the 5000mm patient location or provided with their own RCDs as per AS/NZS 3003.
- Lighting largely consisted of fluorescent lights which need to be replaced with LED lights and cleanroom and cyanosis fittings in exam and emergency rooms and kitchens.