Fri. Jun 14th, 2024

Work to deliver the $50 million Glen Innes Hospital Redevelopment is progressing, with the latest designs for the redevelopment now on display.   

Health Infrastructure Executive Director of Rural and Regional, Amanda Bock said the project will deliver new and refurbished health facilities to support the needs of Glen Innes and surrounding communities, now and into the future.   

“The Glen Innes Hospital Redevelopment will ensure patients and carers continue to receive high quality health care within new and upgraded facilities, enhancing patient and staff experiences,” Ms Bock said.   

“The design for the redevelopment includes a new building for the emergency department, medical imaging and ambulance bays, as well as a new main entrance and car parking with access from Ferguson Street.   

“The redevelopment will integrate with the existing hospital to ensure all services remain connected, and upgrades to the operating theatre and refurbishment of the birthing suite are also planned.  

“The redevelopment will also streamline patient flow throughout the hospital campus by locating the emergency department next to the main entrance, and medical imaging to be located on the same level as the existing inpatient unit.”  

The community is encouraged to view the latest designs on the project website. Over the coming months the design will be further developed and then finalised, with construction timeframes to be confirmed as planning progresses and with the appointment of a building contractor. 

The design process explored many options for delivering the redevelopment within the available budget and challenging construction market and considers future expansion zones to enable further works to be completed in the future.  

Hunter New England Local Health District’s Executive Director of Infrastructure, Planning and Sustainability, Dr Ramsey Awad said the valuable feedback gained through staff and community consultation has been considered as part of the design to ensure it meets the needs of patients, carers, staff and the community. 

“The whole campus has been considered in the planning ensuring that the neighbouring Museum’s access is retained and existing features on the campus such as the Spanish Flu Building are incorporated into the design,” Dr Awad said.  

“The enabling works for the redevelopment were completed in late 2023, including the demolition of the old nurses’ quarters, Crommelin House, which will provide space for a construction staging zone and any future development on the campus.”  

The community will continue to be updated, with community pop-up sessions on the redevelopment to take place in the coming months.   

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