Just three months after first proposed, Adelaide’s new and improved medi-hotel is up and running.
Tom’s Court Hotel on King William St, the 72-bed hotel has been upgraded with better ventilation, more security cameras, and improved surface cleaning.
The hotel will treat all COVID-19 cases with 60 SA Health frontline staff and police working around the clock. In a day, 10 nurses, 24 police, eight hotel concierge and cleaning staff will work at the facility but this will increase with any case surge. Staff are banned from other medi-hotels and ‘high-risk’ areas such as hospitals or aged care and corrections facilities.
Poor ventilation may have caused the outbreak in the Peppers medi-hotel last year according to an official review.
Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr Emily Kirkpatrick said “We have also worked to design the rooms to be as self-contained as possible to minimise the number of times the doors are open, reducing the risk for potential transmission.”
With enhanced PPE, stringent cleaning practices and strict security, the upgraded medi-hotel aims to ease community concerns and allows workers to go about their normal lives with greater confidence.