MEMBER for Bega Andrew Constance today announced that the development application for the $171.6million South East Regional Hospital has been approved by the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure.
Early works are progressing with the road works around the site completed and the roundabout at the intersection of Harry Scanes Avenue and Tathra Rd now open to traffic.
A piling rig is on site to commence the foundations for the building and car parking is also progressing.
“The South East Regional Hospital is a vital piece of infrastructure will deliver enhanced medical services for our community to meet health care needs well into the future,” Mr Constance said.
“The hospital will provide a range of services including maternity, orthopaedic, emergency and surgical, and will save people from travelling out of the region for medical procedures and treatment.”
The project has a capital budget of $171.6million, which is funded by $160.1million from the Australian Government’s Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF), and $10million from the NSW Government.
An additional $1.474million has been added to the project budget by the NSW Government for additional oral health services.
It’s anticipated the main works will commence in late 2013, once the early works is completed.
The new SERH will deliver improved health services across the Valley, including:
* an expanded emergency department including an emergency medical unit;
* an expanded critical care service, incorporating intensive care, high dependency and cardio beds;
* a regional orthopaedic service;
* expanded surgical services;
* expanded acute medical, surgical, maternity and paediatrics services;
* expanded drug and alcohol services;
* a new inpatient sub-acute care unit providing rehabilitation and palliative care services;
* expanded mental health services incorporating a new sub-acute unit;
* expanded community and primary health care services;
* an increase in a range of clinical support services; and
* an increase in teaching and training in medicine, nursing and allied health care.
In addition, the new SERH will include site infrastructure, car parking and landscaped areas.
Construction is scheduled for completion in early 2016.