13 December 2022

The big reveal: Community health and regional hospital forums in Eurobodalla today

| Katrina Condie
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The new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital fly-through starts at the front entrance and continues inside the proposed facility. Photo: NSW Health.

Today, December 13, is a big day for health in the Eurobodalla, with plans for the new L4 Regional Hospital to be revealed during two online forums, and an in-person meet and greet also being held with the team spearheading the Batemans Bay Community Health facility.

The community is invited to take a virtual tour of the new $260 million Eurobodalla Regional Hospital and its surrounds, bringing to life the new, state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility.

During two online forums residents will have an opportunity to view a fly-through, and schematic design floor plans showing the layout of the hospital departments will also be on display.

Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the floorplans and hospital design have been informed by extensive feedback from the community.

“It’s been great to see health professionals, staff, patients, Aboriginal community representatives and the local community getting involved,” Mrs Taylor added.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard has encouraged the community to join one of the upcoming online meetings, from 10.30 am to 11.30 am, or from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm on 13 December, where they will hear from the project team and have an opportunity to provide feedback.

“This is a really exciting time for every member of the community who will be able to experience how the health services link together on site and how the hospital connects seamlessly with the landscape,” he said.

Following community outcry, the Eurobodalla Regional Hospital will be built to accommodate a Level 4 health facility which will include an Emergency Department, an eight-bed Intensive Care/Close Observation Unit and increased capacity for chemotherapy and increased access to renal dialysis.

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The hospital will have surgical and operating theatres and a day stay surgical unit, expanded medical imaging department, including MRI service, and ambulatory care for community and outpatient services.

As well as paediatric and maternity beds and a special care nursery the facility will provide mental health beds for short term admission and offer enhanced education and training facilities, including a simulation laboratory.

Initial works in the construction program will commence in early 2023 and involves Aboriginal archaeological works, which will be managed through a separate planning approval process.

The Eurobodalla Regional Hospital project team is continuing to work closely with the Aboriginal community as well as the Cobowra Local Aboriginal Land Council and other Registered Aboriginal Parties in preparation for this important work.

The project’s State Significant Development Application is being updated and will be resubmitted in January 2023, with construction expected to boost skills and drive employment opportunities across the region.

The hospital is expected to open to patients in 2025.

To register interest and get the link for the online meeting click here. The plans can be viewed at the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital website.

Meanwhile, community members are also invited to meet the team behind the proposed $20 million Batemans Bay community health facility today, 13 December.

In a major milestone for the delivery of the facility, bd infrastructure has been appointed as the project manager and Conrad Gargett as the architect.

Residents of Batemans Bay and surrounds are invited to drop-in to the meet and greet session at the Batemans Bay SEARMS Meeting Room, 2 Museum Place on Tuesday 13 December from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Mr Hazzard said the modern, new facility will meet the South Coast community’s healthcare needs close to home, well into the future.

“The appointment of the project manager and architect is a major milestone in the delivery of this healthcare facility as planning will now move to the next level, and we’re inviting the community to get involved and have their say,” Mr Hazzard said.

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“Building any new healthcare facility involves in-depth planning, and this experienced project team has been selected to design a first class facility that will fulfill the requirements of staff, patients and the broader community.”

Mrs Taylor said, with the project team now on board, master planning is expected to be completed in mid-2023, and will involve consultation with key stakeholders including clinicians, staff, patients, carers and the local community to inform planning and design.

“Feedback and input from staff, the local community, carers and patients will be an important part of the planning process, to ensure the new healthcare facility reflects the needs and values of the Batemans Bay community,” Mrs Taylor said.

To find out more about or to become involved, visit the project website or contact the project team on 1300 391 949.

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