GOULBURN ELECTORATE HEALTH SERVICES UPDATE

Health service upgrades across the electorate are progressing; including the $150 million Goulburn Hospital and Health Service Redevelopment, the $8 million Yass Hospital, and $2.5 million Crookwell Emergency Department Improvements, according to Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman in an announcement today.

GOULBURN

“Construction is progressing well at Goulburn Hospital, over the coming months we can expect to see the installation of retaining walls and services and more formwork being erected across the redevelopment site,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

The concrete pours for the new Clinical Services building started in April and scaffolding is being erected as the first floor of the four-story building starts to come out of the ground, with ‘Topping out’ scheduled for the end of this year.

“Many people will have also noticed the construction of a temporary car park for construction contractors on the vacant site at the corner of Mount and Fitzroy Streets Goulburn. The establishment of a car park here will minimise the impact of contractor parking on local residents, as well as hospital patients and visitors during the redevelopment,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

The Goulburn Hospital and Health Service Redevelopment includes construction of the new four-storey Clinical Services Building with: new main entry/ hospital reception, emergency department, medical imaging department, intensive care unit; new operating theatres, day surgery and recovery areas, new medical, surgical, paediatric, rehabilitation and geriatric inpatient units with specific designated palliative care beds, and a new maternity unit and birthing suite, as well as ambulatory paediatric and antenatal clinics. The car park will be open for contractor use from early June 2020 and after construction will be returned to use by the Department of Education.

YASS

Marking a major milestone in the $8 million redevelopment of Yass Hospital, construction of the new Emergency Department (ED) has been completed and will commence operations from late-June 2020.

“The new ED delivers a dedicated ambulance entry point and an additional emergency department treatment bay. Following a short pause to assess and prepare for the operational impacts of COVID-19, Southern NSW Local Health District and Health Infrastructure (HI) have resumed redevelopment works on the hospital site.

“The works will progress in a staged manner, focused on minimising impact to the delivery of health services and in line with NSW Government COVID-19 advice. It is anticipated these final components of work will be completed by October 2020,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

Once completed the Yass Hospital Redevelopment will include: a dedicated ambulance entry point, an additional emergency department treatment bay, an increase in inpatient beds from 10 to 12 beds, improved community and allied health facilities and ongoing access to X-ray services.

CROOKWELL

In 2019 $2.5 million in funding was allocated to the District. After the project’s initiation and site investigations were completed in September 2019, the ED schematic layouts were developed in consultation with key stakeholders. In January 2020 these plans were endorsed by the Project User Group (PUG) and additional architectural design was undertaken prior to the consultancy request for quote, which is presently being finalised.

“I’m delighted to announce that the tender evaluation committee reviewed the RFQ’s and a successful tenderer to undertake works at the Crookwell Hospital has been identified, and we will soon start to see works being undertaken.

“Some early works for the Wellness Centre refurbishment will commence in this month. These works will take about six weeks to complete and include: kitchen upgrade including vinyl floor coverings, toilet area renovations to accommodate bariatric access, corridor doors and access modifications, renovation of shower facilities as well as concrete pathway/ramp remedial works,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“The ED design is also progressing, with a layout design for the new ED endorsed by the Project User Group (PUG) in January 2020. Unfortunately, the redevelopment has been impacted by COVID-19 but I have been advised that the tender will be awarded later this year and construction is scheduled for immediately afterwards,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

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