VR tapped by Sydney hospital to engage visitors and staff in redevelopment

VR tapped by Sydney hospital to engage visitors and staff in redevelopment

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Virtual reality technology is being embraced by one Sydney hospital as a key way of allowing visitors and staff to better engage with redevelopment of the site.  

Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital is in the process of a $200 million redevelopment aimed at creating a larger and more supportive emergency department as well as Clinical Services Building. The work is due for completion in 2021 and is being delivered in partnership with Health Infrastructure and Northern Sydney Local Health District. 

The latest construction work is the second stage of a site redevelopment program, which initially saw $121 million invested to create the new STAR (surgical, theatres, anaesthetics and recovery) building. 

In a bid to help visitors and staff come to grips with the new space, the hospital has deployed virtual reality (VR) technology and headsets onsite to showcase the new and improved spaces visually. A spokesperson told CMO the 360-degree images are a useful tool presenting realistic impressions of the new hospital.
 

“The technology helps users to accurately ‘visualise’ the new facility and gain an insight into the finished product, during what is generally around a three-year construction timeframe,” the spokesperson explained.  

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