Michael Johnsen MP, Member for Upper Hunter today announced that Construction works are now complete on the Gloucester Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Redevelopment.
Mr Johnsen said the $4.4 million project was undertaken as part of the Rural Health Infrastructure Program, and aims to align the hospital with contemporary health care standards by improving patient flow and access, and the working environment for staff.
“As part of the redevelopment, the hospital ground floor has been refurbished to create a new purpose-built emergency department, including a new entrance, ambulance bay, waiting room, and triage area,” Mr Johnsen said.
“The relocation of the emergency department to the ground level will improve patient flow, allowing the direct transfer of patients from the ambulance bay into the department.
“The ground floor has also been extended to create a new acute care ward, which will deliver a contemporary setting for general medical and surgical inpatient services.
“Engineering services and administrative spaces have also received a minor refurbishment to improve the environment for patients, visitors and staff.
“This project does not impact on the long-term plan to transition the Hospital’s current aged care services to a private provider (Anglican Care), which is due for completion in late 2020,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
The Gloucester Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital Redevelopment was one of 40 projects being delivered state-wide as part of a $550 million NSW Government investment to upgrade or redevelop hospitals. Close to two-thirds of the upgrades or redevelopments are in regional NSW.