NEXT STAGE OF TAMWORTH HOSPITAL REDEVELOPMENT BEGINS
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced the next stage of the Tamworth Hospital redevelopment is about to commence, following the award of the Ambulatory Care Centre project tender to Richard Crookes Construction Pty Limited.
The Commonwealth’s Health and Hospitals Fund (HFF) and the NSW Government are jointly funding the $211 million Tamworth Hospital Redevelopment Stage 2 project, with respective contributions of $120 million and $91 million.
“The new Tamworth hospital building includes state-of-the-art facilities for many of our acute and inpatient services, and the next stage will deliver new facilities to house important outpatient services,” Mr Anderson said.
“The new Ambulatory Care Centre to be built on the lower levels of the Bruderlin Building is an exciting innovation that will allow better co-ordination of outpatient care.”
Currently outpatient clinics are located at a number of sites across the hospital campus, which means that patients who attend multiple clinics may have to move from one location to another to receive their care.
The new Ambulatory Care Centre will combine the majority of outpatient clinics in the one location, including the renal unit, fracture clinic, diabetes service, paediatric clinic and obstetrics and gynaecology clinics.
“Once the new Ambulatory Care Centre has been completed, people will spend less time driving, parking and walking to appointments, and will have the added convenience of extra car parking spaces,” Mr Anderson said.
The works will also include:
- A minor refurbishment of the Bruderlin Building’s Level 2 (top level) to house the Medical 2 and Surgical 2 Orthopaedic wards (formerly known as Ward 8 and Ward 1)
- Refurbishment and expansion of the current Diabetes Centre building for an expanded Oral Health service
- Minor refurbishment of the historic 1883 building in keeping with heritage requirements
“We’re now another step closer to new and improved outpatient clinics to complement the new hospital services and this is great news for patients across the region,” Mr Anderson said.