The final design for Inverell Hospital’s redevelopment will be released to the public next month, according to a statement from NSW Health Infrastructure.
The NSW Government approved funding for the $30 million project last month after more than a decade of campaigning by the community to upgrade the ageing facility.
The public release of design plans will coincides with the project’s handover from Hunter New England Health to NSW Health Infrastructure.
With the plans eagerly anticipated by many in the community, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall has offered reassurances that they will provide for two operating theatres and two birthing suites.
“The new building will have a brand new, cutting edge operating theatre installed, with the recently upgraded operating theatre in the existing building providing extra capacity,” he said.
“Currently, only one operating theatre is utilised in the existing hospital – so this upgrade will essentially double the current space, improving flexibility for doctors and staff.”
Mr Marshall also confirmed “there will be two new top of the line birthing suites in the new building”.
As the initial excitement of funding approval turns to waiting, Mr Marshall said the community will become far more involved again in August when community information sessions will be held.
“This project has been in the pipeline for years, with incredible support from all elements of the community,” he said. “I’m incredibly glad that it has started to build up serious momentum.”
Mr Marshall said the redevelopment will set Inverell up for years of future growth, and represents a significant upgrade in every way.
“I won’t settle for second best with Inverell’s health on the line,” he reaffirmed. “Neither I nor the Inverell community will accept a downgrade.
NSW Health Infrastructure stated: “The Inverell Hospital Redevelopment schematic designs are on track to be completed in August 2017. Once finalised, the plans will be exhibited via two community information sessions and the Hunter New England Health website.”