Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall, right, formally announcing the commencement of stage 2 of the $60 million Inverell District Hospital redevelopment last Friday with Inverell health Services Manager Kath Randall and NSW Health Infrastructure’s Stuart Diver.
Monday, 29 June 2020
THE keys to the old Inverell Hospital have been handed over and the contractors moved in last Friday, with Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall officially marking the start of the building’s refurbishment – stage 2 of the $60 million Inverell District Hospital redevelopment project.
Mr Marshall said the refurbishment would deliver the Inverell community a more contemporary world-class medical space, able to cater for new models of health care delivery.
“It’s been only a month since stage 2, the state-of-the-art new hospital building, opened its doors and already we are seeing Richard Crookes Construction back on the tools and charging ahead with this important next phase,” Mr Marshall said.
“Stage 2 of the project includes refurbishing the old hospital to allow the existing Community Health and ambulatory care services to be relocated from their current premises.
“Once complete, the refurbished facility will offer adult ambulatory care, including mental health services, women’s and children’s services, oral health, chronic disease treatment programs and allied health.
“Already, a number of early works have started as part of 1B including the fit-out of the all-important Computed Tomography room (CT room) in the new hospital and the extension of the new Moore Street carpark.
“As the old hospital is connected to the new hospital, this will consolidate all acute and community health services under one roof which is a great outcome for both medical staff and patients.”
Mr Marshall said Community Health would remain in its current location off Swanbrook Road while the refurbishment is taking place.
“Until the refurbishment of the hospital building is complete in 2021, patients will continue to be able to access all their Community Health needs from the existing Community Health building,” he said.
“The project team, along with Hunter New England Local Health District, have put hours of planning into ensuring there are minimal disruptions to regular Community Health services, while the refurbishment is undertaken.
“All the work will be completed in May next year, delivering Inverell the world-class modern health facilities and services it deserves – now and for many decades to come.”
The $60 million Inverell Hospital Redevelopment project covers both stage 1 and stage 2 and includes:
o New and expanded Emergency Department 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, with CT coming on-line at a later date
o One new Operating Theatre, with the existing Operating Theatre to remain as required
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 Dental Clinic
o Allied and community health facilities – including aged care resources, physiotherapy, oncology and disability services.
o Parking and landscaping
For further information please visit Hunter New England Health’s website at www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/Our-building-projects