11 June 2024

Take a peek at the design of new Batemans Bay health facility

| Claire Sams
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An artist's impression of the Batemans Bay Community Health Centre

The proposed design of the Batemans Bay Community Health facility is up for public viewing. Image: NSW Government.

The community is being invited to have their say on the latest designs for a new health facility on the South Coast.

The Batemans Bay Community Health facility will be located on the existing Batemans Bay Hospital site, next to the newly established Medicare Urgent Care Clinic.

It includes a new building to house a range of health services, as well as a carpark, landscaping, pathways and external seating areas.

While the project is currently in the planning stages, artist’s impressions have been released to give a peek at what the completed facility may look like.

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Member for Bega Doctor Michael Holland said the project designs followed consultation with stakeholders and the wider community.

“Feedback from the community has been valuable in shaping Batemans Bay Community Health service including creating connections to surrounding nature and green spaces, incorporating design elements identified by local Aboriginal community members, and improving accessibility for families, elderly people and people with specialist needs and abilities.”

An artist's impression of the Batemans Bay Community Health Centre

Dr Holland said feedback had been “valuable in shaping” the facility’s design. Image: NSW Government.

NSW Minister for Regional Health Ryan Park said the NSW Government was investing $20 million for the new Community Health facility to support Batemans Bay and the surrounding areas.

“The NSW Government is committed to investing in health infrastructure to support better health outcomes for communities across the South Coast.

“Batemans Bay Community Health is being planned and designed to work together with the new $260 million Eurobodalla Regional Hospital, as part of the Eurobodalla Health Service, to provide the community with greater access to care, closer to home.

The facility is intended to provide improved access to a range of services, including allied health services, women’s health services, community nursing, wound management and palliative care, Aboriginal health and drug and alcohol services.

Mr Park said the community health facility would exist alongside the new Level 4 hospital at Moruya.

“The new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital will deliver an enhanced level of health services compared to the current services delivered at the Moruya and Batemans Bay hospitals,” Mr Park said.

“New services such as paediatrics, intensive care unit, and an MRI will be included, strengthening health care services for the community.”

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Construction for the new Batemans Bay Community Health facility will start once the project receives planning approvals and a building contractor is appointed.

The Batemans Bay Hospital will continue to provide health care services for the community while the Batemans Bay Community Health facility and the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital are being built.

“The new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital and the Batemans Bay Community Health centre will be well equipped to support the health needs of the entire Eurobodalla Shire from south of Narooma to north of Batemans Bay, providing the community with access to a broader and higher level of specialist care,” said Dr Holland.

The public can view the designs and find out more about Batemans Bay Community Health at two drop-in sessions with the project team.

One session will be held on 17 June from noon to 2 pm at Village Centre, Batemans Bay, while a second will be held on 18 June at the corner of Beach and Edward roads in Batehaven from noon to 2 pm.

More information on the Batemans Bay Community Health facility can be found on the NSW Government’s website, or by calling the project team on 1300 391 949 or by emailing [email protected].

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