Major step for Wentworth Health Service
A major step forward in the $30 million Wentworth Health Service redevelopment has been marked with the appointment of the lead consultant team for the new hospital. Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the project team will work with the community as they continue to develop the master plan.
'We are delivering a hospital that this community wants and needs. Locals, clinicians and health staff will play a key role in shaping and informing planning for this new facility,' Mrs Taylor said.
'The master plan phase will also identify the most suitable location for the new hospital, including exploring the possibility of locating the facility on the existing hospital site.
'This purpose-built hospital will be a game changer for the region, reducing the need for residents to travel to Victoria to access services.'
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the project had reached an exciting milestone with a consultant team now on board to commence the master planning process to build a contemporary health facility for the local community.
'This once-in-a-generation opportunity will provide a significant and much-needed improvement on the 80-year old facility for the benefit of the Wentworth community now and into the future,' Mr Hazzard said.
'Having visited Wentworth Hospital in 2019, I saw firsthand the outstanding commitment of staff in caring for their patients, but was also very concerned to see the state of the existing facilities, including that termites were well and truly present in the woodwork.
'I am delighted to see this project progressing with strong local community and NSW Government support.'
To progress planning and design for the project, a team of specialist consultants has been engaged to work with Health Infrastructure, alongside the Far West Local Health District, key stakeholders, Wentworth Shire Council and the local community.
The lead consultant team includes:
Mostyn Copper Group Pty Ltd as the Project Manager
NBRS & Partners Pty Ltd as the Architect
Genus Advisory Pty Ltd as the Cost Manager
Duty MLC for Murray Wes Fang said the project team is committed to working with the community throughout the planning and design of the project and will be holding information sessions in the coming months.
'Community information sessions will commence in coming months to ensure the community is kept informed on progress, and has the opportunity to provide input and have their questions answered,' Mr Fang said.
The full range of services to be delivered as part of the Wentworth Health Service redevelopment will be identified as part of the community consultation process. The construction schedule will be determined after further planning is undertaken.
For more information about how to build a hospital visit: https://www.hinfra.health.nsw.gov.au/our-business/how-to-build-a-hospital