Stage 1 of the project – the new hospital building – is scheduled for completion in October this year. Stage 2 will commence before the end of the year.
Tuesday, 7 April 2020
NORTHERN Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has today announced Richard Crookes Construction (RCC) as the successful tenderer for the second stage of the State Government’s $60 million Inverell Hospital Redevelopment project.
Mr Marshall said he was confident RCC would do a high-quality job refurbishing the historic old Inverell Hospital building for a fresh new role in healthcare.
“Over the last two years we have seen the team from RCC deliver Inverell a brand new state-of-the-art hospital building, on time and within budget,” Mr Marshall said.
“With the announcement of RCC as the successful tenderer work can soon get underway on stage 2, which includes the refurbishment of most of the existing Inverell Hospital building to enable the relocation of services from the existing Community Health building.
“Once complete, the refurbished facility will offer adult ambulatory care, including mental health services, women’s and children’s health services, chronic disease treatment programs and allied health.
“The internal refurbishment works will commence once the existing hospital services are relocated into the new hospital building mid this year, with some early works to occur before this.
“As with the Stage 1, RCC will look to hire local tradies during the refurbishment, providing continued employment opportunities in Inverell during this difficult time which is COVID-19.
“RCC will host an industry information session in coming months to provide information on the requirements for businesses interested in working on the refurbishment project.”
Mr Marshall said Stage 1 of the redevelopment was progressing well, with final internal works underway.
“The countdown is on with only months to go before we see the services from the old Inverell Hospital building relocate into the new facility,” he said.
“All the external work on the building is complete, as is the construction of the additional space which will house the hospital’s Computerised Tomography (CT) Scanner.
“Should the build continue on its current schedule, it’s expected we will see services move in and patients start to be treated in the new building by the middle of this year.”
Inverell Shire Deputy Mayor Anthony Michael welcomed the announcement and appointment of RCC to undertake the stage two works.
“The community is very excited by the progress so far and the quality of the work,” Cr Michael said.
“Having the same company for stage two will ensure a seamless transition of the works and continuity in the quality of the final product.
“This is a very important project for Inverell as we continue to grow and we cannot wait to see it completed and operational.”
The $60 million dollar development will include:
o New and expanded Emergency Department (6 to 9 spaces) including emergency care for children, mental health-related presentations and victims of sexual assault
o New 38-bed Inpatient Unit including:
Maternity and birthing facilities
General adult services, including palliative care
o New Medical Imaging (X-ray) Department
o Two new Operating Theatres
o New Central Sterilising Unit
o New Day Surgery Unit (increase of 1 space to 6)
o Increased capacity for renal dialysis (increase of 2 chairs to 8)
o New main entry and admissions area
o New Mortuary
o New GP clinic
o New Dental clinic
o New Staff accommodation
o Allied and community health facilities – including aged care resources, physiotherapy, oncology and disability services.
o Parking and landscaping