16 December 2022

Main entrance to Goulburn Hospital now complete with new heritage space opened

| Claire Fenwicke
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Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman (left), Margaret O’Neill (whose late husband’s aunt was Florence Faithfull), Pamela Maple-Brown (descendent of Goulburn Hospital’s first board chair John Thomas Gannon) and Minister for Health Bronnie Taylor. Photo: Supplied.

Staff, patients and visitors can now access the main entry and carpark for the $165 million redeveloped Goulburn Hospital and Health Service.

Southern NSW Local Health District chief executive Margaret Bennett said this was another “exciting step” in the hospital’s transformation and changed the way people could access the building.

“From 9 December, all patients and visitors to Goulburn Base Hospital, except for people attending the emergency department (ED) and medical imaging, should access the hospital from the newly opened main entry,” she said.

“Emergency patients and medical-imaging outpatients should continue to access the hospital from the existing ED entrance, located on the lower ground-floor level of the Goulburn Base Hospital’s Clinical Services Building, off Goldsmith Street.”

The main entry is on the ground level of the hospital, off Goldsmith Street and up the external stairs from the ED entrance.

The main entry carpark will open at the same time for staff, patients and visitors, and includes 26 public spaces along with four dedicated disabled and limited-mobility car spaces.

There are also 10 parking spaces for on-call medical officers and a semi-circular driveway for patient drop-offs and pick-ups.

Parking time limits will be in place for public car parking spaces on site, while time-limited parking remains in the off-site spaces around the hospital.

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A purpose-built space has also been unveiled to tell the hospital’s story over the years.

Springfield Place is in a new linkway that joins the original hospital to the new Clinical Services Building, and is named in recognition of the Faithfull family.

Springfield Place tells the story of the hospital, from its humble beginnings with a capacity for 28 patients, to the modern health facility it is today,” Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman said.

“The Goulburn Base Hospital has been providing high-quality health care and services to the Goulburn-Mulwaree community since 1889, and it’s wonderful to see the stories of its more than 130-year history come alive as part of this new community space.”

Many community groups were involved in delivering the heritage display, including the Goulburn Historical Society, the Goulburn Post and Goulburn Mulwaree Library.

The Goulburn Hospital and Health Service Redevelopment Arts and Heritage Working Group collaborated with the Goulburn Health Service Historical Cataloguing Volunteer Group to choose the items on display.

The space’s opening also coincides with the completion of restoration work on the hospital’s heritage facade.

Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the final works were due to be completed in late 2023.

“Refurbishment works are underway within the old hospital, including delivering upgraded spaces for ambulatory outpatient services, oncology, Aboriginal health, and pathology,” she said.

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