Michael Johnsen MP, Member for the Upper Hunter today joined with Muswellbrook Hospital staff to oversee a traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony for the $21.5 million project, during which a native tree was winched to the newly laid concrete slab at the top of the building.
Mr Johnsen said the end is in sight for Stage 2 of the Muswellbrook Hospital Redevelopment, with construction reaching its highest point today.
“Stage 2 will complement Stage 1 of the Muswellbrook Hospital Redevelopment, which was completed in 2015 and delivered a new Emergency Department,” Mr Johnsen said.
“To date, over 1500 cubic metres of concrete has been poured and 200 tonnes of steel reinforcement laid, with over 200 construction workers have been involved in the project, including 2 apprentices. Together, the crew has worked over 26,000 hours on site
“This project has engaged with a number of local businesses, sourcing concrete and steel from the area and employing local specialists in earthworks, surveying and concreting, so there is a strong local component to the redevelopment.
“This site revitalisation will significantly improve the health service environment for patients, hospital staff and our Muswellbrook community, with Stage 2 of the redevelopment expected to be complete next year,” Mr Johnsen concluded.
Funded by the Restart NSW Resources for Regions Program, Stage 2 of the Muswellbrook Hospital redevelopment will deliver a range of health service improvements including:
- Larger treatment spaces and additional treatment chairs for renal dialysis and chemotherapy
- Improved spaces for medical imaging and pathology collection
- Refurbished outpatient areas
- Oral health services
- An enhanced space for day surgery
Improvements to the main entry, reception and admission