Dubbo Hospital's George Hatch Building set for demolition Friday

Take a good look. 

On Friday the George Hatch Building on the grounds of Dubbo Hospital will start to disappear.

Demolition of its brickwork is scheduled to begin during the day.

Across the road former childcare centre Playmates Cottage has already been reduced to rubble with heavy machinery clearing the site.

Playmates Cottage and its once leafy surrounds will be replaced by a new car park under the $150 million stage three and four redevelopment of the hospital.


The George Hatch Building is within the construction zone of a new three-storey clinical tower that will house multiple departments including emergency and medical imaging, and include a critical care floor encompassing a coronary/stroke unit, intensive care unit and cardiac catheter laboratory.

The old building is making way for the new facility’s drop-off zone.

IMAGE: Dubbo hospital as it was taken by Google Maps in 2017, compared to May 17, 2018. 

It was named after the first man to graduate from the NSW College of Nursing and a dominant force at Dubbo Hospital for 44 years, 31 of them as a nurse educator.

Health Infrastructure has recently announced the multiple ways it will preserve the late George Hatch’s legacy including the naming of the medical library in the Ian Locke Building after him.

A new $1.8 million Playmates Cottage on Dubbo Regional Council land in Moran Drive was funded by the state government.