The patient journey underpins the planning for the nine-story, 182-bed hospital. Key interaction areas mark important points throughout the building and assist orientation. High traffic areas like outpatient clinics and the day surgery are located on the building’s lower levels, as well as specialist biomedical engineering services to customise mobility aides to give recovering patients greater independence.
Meanwhile, inpatient areas are on higher floors that have direct access to the landscaped outdoor decks. The surgical floor features seven operating suites and three endoscopy procedure rooms for elective surgery and shorter inpatient stays.
Therapy gyms and recovery areas – the spaces where people spend more time – are integrated with the 100 rehabilitation beds and positioned along the Herston Road façade to maximise views and light and support patients through their rehabilitation.
Commissioned artworks incorporated within the design acknowledge the proven power of art to encourage recovery within healing environments.
To ensure STARS really did become a person-centred model of care within an integrated precinct, we held over 250 user consultation meetings with everyone from consumers, clinical, allied health and support services to academics, engineering teams and facility and construction management.
STARS is a working model that challenges and influences how we think about hospitals and what we should expect from health campuses.