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Gadens leads on $1.3bn hospital contract

Gadens leads on $1.3bn hospital contract

Gadens has advised Serco Australia on a contract to deliver $1.3bn in non-clinical services at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth.

GADENS Lawyers has advised Serco Australia on a contract to deliver $1.3bn in non-clinical services at the Fiona Stanley Hospital in Perth. 

Serco signed the 10-year contract, with two five year extension options, with the WA Department of Health. The 783-bed hospital, which will open in 2014 and employ more than 3000 people, is valued at $2bn.

“Gadens Lawyers is proud to be associated with Serco and to have assisted with their appointment on this major social infrastructure project,” partner Paul Brown said.

“The sheer complexity and size of the project meant that Serco’s international expertise in delivery of health services stood them in good stead when WA Health ran a competitive process to select its partner on the project,” he said.

Serco’s legal team was supported by the core Gadens team comprising partners Paul Brown, Scott Laycock, Anthony Connor and Antoine Pace, senior associates Daniel Murnane and Nicole Szorenyi, and solicitor James Beckley.

Serco Australia chief executive David Campbell said: “Gadens Lawyers mobilised their projects and infrastructure team across all the relevant jurisdictions and provided invaluable support on all legal aspects of the project”.

Under the contract, Serco will integrate non-clinical services through technology to ensure the smooth running of the whole hospital. The company said in a statement that it will design and deliver the technology solution to support the optimum use of resources, in order to significantly improve efficiency and the quality of care for patients.

Serco will be responsible for 30 service lines, including procurement for the fit-out of the hospital; management and maintenance of hospital assets including medical equipment; estate and property management; recruitment and HR processes for all clinical staff; safety management; reception, helpdesk and communications services; design and provision of integrated bedside information and patient entertainment systems; the management of patient electronic medical records; and a full range of other support services. When fully operational, Serco will directly employ over 1,000 people to provide the services.

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