Hospital works steam ahead

PAUL Cremin's aerial photograph shows the eastern side of Dubbo Base Hospital being cleared of rubble as demolition work continues.

Old buildings and infrastructure are gradually making way for stage one and two of the hospital redevelopment.

Two brand new buildings, one of them two-storey, will eventually sit side-by-side on the ground currently being cleared.

In mid-January the hospital's linen house was knocked down after it and surrounding buildings were gutted in the lead-up to Christmas.

The photograph taken from the sky this week reveals that in the past couple of weeks the nurses' quarters has lost its roof, part of the boiler house has been removed and scaffolding has been erected around the chimney stack.

Early works, costing $8.2 million, are being carried out by National Buildplan Group and "on track".

They include the demolition of the old buildings, construction of a new link road and electrical substation, the expansion and refurbishment of the public car park, and installation of inground infrastructure to deliver the likes of electricity and water to the new buildings.

The project's total budget is $79.8 million, made up of $72.7 million from the state government and $7.1 million from the federal government.

The new buildings, featuring six new operating theatres and a birthing suite, will help boost the delivery of surgical and maternity services for a region of about 200,000 people,

Refurbishing of the existing renal dialysis unit and the main entrance to the hospital are also on the redevelopment agenda.

The construction phase of the redevelopment is expected to get under way in April.

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