Milestone reached in $80-million Kempsey District Hospital Redevelopment

1-504x285Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Deputy Premier and Member for Oxley Andrew Stoner today announced the successful tenderer for main works construction on the $80 million redevelopment of Kempsey Hospital.

Mrs Skinner said today marked a milestone in the long-awaited redevelopment of Kempsey Hospital with Watpac Construction Pty Ltd being awarded the main works tender.

“Just six months ago I visited Kempsey Hospital with Andrew Stoner to mark early works on this much-anticipated redevelopment,” Mrs Skinner said.

“It is rewarding to see more progress on this project which will deliver countless benefits for local patients.

“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering upgrades to hospitals across the state and I’m proud the hard-working staff will soon be able to deliver the first class care they are known for in a first class facility.”

Mr Stoner said construction will commence on site in April 2014 once early works have been completed.

“Early works on this project have been impressive but soon enough the community will be able to see our upgraded hospital growing from the ground,” Mr Stoner said.

“This government is investing in the health of our community to ensure we have access to quality services well into the future.

“The upgraded Kempsey Hospital will provide the community with a variety of health services, focused on areas including Aboriginal health, chronic and complex care management, family and children’s services, drug and alcohol services as well as hospital avoidance programs.”

Main works on site include the construction of a new hospital building towards the middle of the existing site, refurbishment of vacated or existing spaces; and connections between new and existing facilities.

The redevelopment service priorities and scope include

• New main entrance and front of house services;
• New and expanded emergency department;
• New emergency medical unit;
• New medical day stay unit;
• Establishment of an integrated community care centre;
• New medical imaging department;
• New acute inpatient unit;
• New and expanded high dependency and coronary care unit;
• New operating theatres and day surgery unit, with expanded day surgery unit
• Major expansion of renal dialysis services and establishing a new renal training unit;
• Major expansion of oral health services;
• New selected clinical support services; and
• Reconfiguration and or expansion of several primary health care and community services.

The $80 million Kempsey redevelopment is funded by $40 million from the NSW Government and $40 million from the Commonwealth’s Health and Hospitals Fund (HHF).

The new buildings are set to be completed in late 2015 and the refurbishment of the existing facility is scheduled for completion in mid-2016.