Construction work has begun on the highly anticipated $2.5 million upgrade of Crookwell District Hospital, which is scheduled to be completed by February 2022.
Work on the new front entry portico, including minor asbestos removal, started on Monday, 1 November, affecting both vehicle and pedestrian access to the hospital.
Entry to the hospital has been relocated to the back of the building near the current loading ramp. Vehicles will be able to access the hospital from McDonald Street, with one-way direction and a drop-off point to the temporary new entrance.
Vehicles will be able to exit the site onto Kialla Road, and short-term parking will be available on the grass adjacent to Crookwell Wellness Centre.
Pedestrians can access the hospital from Kialla Road, at the southern end of the hospital site, and signage will be in place for vehicle, pedestrian and parking access.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman has welcomed progress on the $2.5 million project.
“I am delighted to see the Crookwell Hospital refurbishment is on track to be completed by late February 2022,” she said.
This next phase of construction will include:
- Dismantling of the existing hail damaged portico;
- Removal of existing valley roof and remodelling to a gable style, including new facia and guttering;
- Installation of a new portico, roofing and flashings;
- Removal of asbestos sheeting to the lower front wall of the museum, with external lining replacement. A licensed asbestos removal contractor will be working onsite during this time.
The refurbishment includes an improved emergency department, with two holding bays, a resuscitation bay, an IV dialysis sitting room, a triage assessment room, three public toilets, an emergency shower, a medication room, a staff room and toilet, a reception counter, and a waiting room.
Paramedics will have direct access into the hospital via an airlock from the ambulance bay, while the public will access the emergency department via an airlock located on the right side of the building, before the existing main entrance.
Hospital administration offices will be relocated to the first floor to make room for more clinical services on the ground floor.
The $2.5 million funding from the NSW Government will also be used to upgrade the hospital’s medical equipment, including ECG machines, a defibrillator, and a transport ventilator, as well as a new floor in the Hutton Wing and increased nurse call capacity.
The funding has also been used to upgrade Crookwell Wellness Centre, including a new kitchen, new floors, an upgrade to the shower facility, widening of doors to improve access, and external ramp access.
“This is an exciting stage of the refurbishment,” said Southern NSW Local Health District chief executive Margaret Bennett.
“Once complete, community members will enjoy better access to the hospital.”