Stage 2 of the $8.9million Bathurst Health Service redevelopment project is entering an exciting new phase, as the first medical specialists move into the heritage building and prepare to commence treating patients.
Stage Two of the project follows the work previously completed on the main building, which was occupied in 2008.
Bathurst Health Service General Manager, David Wright, said there are still a few finishing touches to be made on the heritage building, but it’s definitely ready for business.
“Finishing touches are still being made on the education wing on the ground floor and we’re in the process of installing a comprehensive interpretative historical display, but other than that the building is ready to open its doors,” said Mr Wright.
“We are hugely excited to welcome a raft of health professionals into the building and will be celebrating with a special morning tea today. They will rotate through the eight specialist clinic rooms, running morning and afternoon sessions five days a week.”
Starting from 29 August 2011 the building will be home to a range of specialist services including Antenatal, Obstetrics, Orthopaedic, Surgical, Rehabilitation, Haematology, Diabetes, Stoma & Incontinence, Drug & Alcohol, and Brain Injury Rehabilitation Services.
“We are also pleased to welcome four new specialist services to the site, which include Hepatitis management services, pre-admissions Anaesthetic, a Paediatric Outreach Clinic, and a Paediatric Diabetic Clinic,” said Mr Wright.
“The opening of the heritage building signifies a promising step forward for our Health Service and is an environment that is conducive to high quality healthcare in regional areas.”
“We’re asking members of the community to park on the street and at the front of the heritage building whilst attending the clinics. Access to the specialist clinics is via the old Emergency Department entrance,” said Mr Wright.
“This will assist patients and visitors using the main building, particularly during the next phase of construction work underway on the new Ambulatory Care Unit.”
Complex strengthening work has been underway on the heritage building since October 2010 to bring it in line with current structural standards, and fit-out work commenced in January 2011.
“The design team engaged a specialist heritage architect to ensure the building fabric was treated with the utmost care and sensitivity. Many of the building elements were structurally connected with custom-made steelwork and concrete,” said Mr Wright.
“It has been a delicate task, but the results speak for themselves – it is an iconic local building with a new lease of life. It will soon be home to 8 new Specialist Clinics, a library, office spaces, and an education hub for medical students from the University of Western Sydney,” said Mr Wright.
The $4.6 million stage 2 contract, tendered to Fugen Constructions in January 2011, also includes an expansion of the rehabilitation area in the main hospital and a new Ambulatory Care fit-out that will more than double the existing space.
“Work on the main building also started in January 2011 and is progressing steadily towards completion by the end of the year,” said Mr Wright.
“Alterations, additions and fit-out work for the gym and Ambulatory Care areas are in full swing, which will mean relocating the old boardroom and office spaces to the heritage building to support this process. The volunteers kiosk will relocate to near the central courtyard on the ground floor, so patrons can make good use of the balcony there.”
Fugen Constructions is working closely with the Health Service to minimise disruption, which includes a Central Communication Group to discuss project questions and answers on a weekly basis.
“We’re committed to keeping our staff and the community informed at every stage of this project,” said Mr Wright.
“I hope everyone can share in our enthusiasm as we approach the final stages of the Bathurst Health Service redevelopment and prepare to move into the new areas early next year.”
The Stage Two works include:
- Strengthening work on the Heritage Building
- Fit-outs in the Heritage Building for Education facilities, Library, Outpatient Clinics and offices
- A new Ambulatory Care fit-out in the main building which will more than double the existing space
- Expansion of the gymnasium space at the Rehabilitation area in the main building