8 December 2021

New Clinical Services Building at Goulburn Base Hospital officially opens

| Max O'Driscoll
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Clinical Services Building at Goulburn Base Hospital

The new Clinical Services Building at Goulburn Base Hospital officially opened on Friday, 3 December, 2021, and is a central part of a $165 million upgrade. Photo: Supplied.

Goulburn Base Hospital’s clinical services building has officially opened with the region promised a “major health boost” moving forward. The building is part of the $165 million Goulburn Hospital and Health Service Redevelopment.

The project is part of a commitment made to the Goulburn community by the Baird Government ahead of the 2015 NSW election.

The project’s main construction has been completed by Hansen Yuncken.

NSW Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said state-of-the-art healthcare services will now be gathered together under the one roof in Goulburn, providing seamless care in a modern four-storey health facility.

“With a new emergency department, intensive care unit, and the latest digital theatres, this purpose-built facility will greatly improve the hospital experience for patients, carers and staff,” he said.

The new four-storey clinical services building will also feature a medical imaging department; operating theatres; day surgery and recovery areas; medical, surgical, paediatric, rehabilitation inpatient units with specifically designated palliative care beds within the Medical IPU; a maternal and newborn unit, birthing suite and special care nursery; and paediatric and antenatal outpatient clinics.

Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman spoke of her pride upon opening the heavily anticipated and much-needed hospital in her electorate.

“This is a long-awaited day for the entire Goulburn region,” she said at the official opening on Friday, 3 December.

“I am delighted to see the new facility – which brings world-class healthcare closer to home – open and ready to care for Goulburn and surrounding communities for many years to come.

“The new Clinical Services Building delivers true contemporary care and up-to-date technologies for a regional hospital. Part of this is the new digital theatres which make it possible for clinical staff to collaborate with other state, national and international professionals by digitally sharing anonymised data, a key element in improving the capability of the facility.

“With the main works construction beginning in 2019 and being completed in early October 2021, during the next year there will still be a final works stage which refurbishes the old part of the hospital and completes the redevelopment.”

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Ms Tuckerman also expressed her delight to hear that her government remains committed to eventually bringing an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) machine to the hospital.

NSW Premier Dominic Perrottet, who was present at the opening, said the service is part of “record investments” being made across all of NSW within the health system.

“The Goulburn Hospital redevelopment will provide a major health boost for people in Southern NSW with this new clinical services building improving health outcomes and future-proofing health services for communities in the Southern Tablelands region,” he said.

The hospital has a $74.827 million budget in the 2021-2022 financial year.

The final works stage to complete the full redevelopment of Goulburn Base Hospital is expected to begin before the end of 2022.

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