Construction milestone at the new $187 million South Regional Hospital in the Bega Valley, “topping out” the highest point of the building which is on track for its scheduled completion early in 2016.
The new South East Regional Hospital is located on a 17.5 hectare greenfield site on Tathra Road and is the biggest infrastructure project to be undertaken in the Bega Valley Shire.
To reach the 'Topping Out' stage 14,644 cubic metres of concrete was used, 1,051 tonnes of reinforcement has been put in place and more than 29,380 square metres of formwork was laid.
“We are excited to have reached this critical milestone and be closer to delivering this modern healthcare facility to the people of the far South Coast," said Mr David Ghannoum, Regional Managing Director of New South Wales at Brookfield Multiplex.
Brookfield Multiplex has a strong history in delivering successful health projects to New South Wales including the Chris O'Brien Lifehouse and the Clinical Services Building at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney.
The new South East Regional Hospital has been planned to accommodate the Bega Valley and broader community's needs through to 2021 and beyond. As an integrated health campus, it will offer extensive community and ambulatory services, community mental health, drug and alcohol services along with inpatient services.
A new emergency department designed to the latest standards will include an emergency medical unit, capacity for fast track care and acute emergency bays.
Intensive care, high dependency and cardiac inpatients will be in one combined Integrated Critical Care Unit.
Regional orthopaedic services and expanded surgical services including three operating theatres and a procedure room will be built as well as new and expanded acute medical and surgical areas and an inpatient sub-acute care unit that will focus on rehabilitation and palliative care services.
The hospital includes maternity and paediatrics services as well as a 20 beds mental health unit provide care across the acute and sub-acute spectrum.
The hospital will offer a range of clinical support services including medical imaging, pharmacy and pathology, and non-clinical support services including food services, cleaning and linen services, admissions and business support services. Space for the provision of education and training will also be made available.
The hospital will also have parking for around 500 cars and a helipad space.