Patients will soon benefit from Griffith Base Hospital’s $35 million redevelopment, with a decision to demolish the old nurses’ quarters enabling Stage 1 to progress.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Member for Murray Austin Evans today thanked the community for their feedback on the future of the nurses’ accommodation.
“After careful consideration of the two submissions made in support of keeping the old nurses’ quarters, the decision has been made to proceed with demolition in order to achieve the best outcome for local patients,” Mr Hazzard said.
“It is now possible to fully realise the longer term vision of the Master Plan and ultimately deliver world-class health services for Griffith.”
Mr Evans said the two submissions received during a three-week consultation period were not financially viable, with no identified funding sources for the refurbishment or for ongoing management and operations of the old nurses’ quarters.
“I have received a great deal of correspondence both in support and against demolishing the nurses’ quarters, and hope this announcement shows a clear way forward for the redevelopment of the Griffith Base Hospital,” Mr Evans said.
“The project team can now progress with delivering the $35 million Stage 1 redevelopment, which will include upgrades to the Intensive Care Unit, renal dialysis and oncology, and ambulatory care services.”
The Murrumbidgee Local Health District’s Master Plan is out for public exhibition until the end of July and the project team welcomes any feedback.
“Griffith Base Hospital Stage 1 redevelopment is vital to building the future of healthcare and servicing the health needs of the Griffith community,” Mr Evans said.
“Once the master planning process is complete, we will be able to identify the funding needed for the full redevelopment of Griffith Base Hospital.”
Early works have started and construction of the new renal building is due to be completed this year.