STAGE One of the new Numurkah Hospital officially opened last week, once again offering the community a range of consolidated health services from the one location, after the township’s hospital was damaged beyond repair when it was inundated by the 2012 floods.
Coming to a cost of $5.5M, the completion of the first stage has seen the construction of a primary health care building that will now offer services covering community health and dental as well as provide general practitioner services, community rehabilitation services and the use of consulting rooms.
Stage Two of the project, which is expected to be completed by mid 2015 and come to a cost of $18.3M, will see a new hospital building constructed and will include 16 overnight beds, an operating theatre, imaging services and an urgent care centre, consolidating the township’s health services. The installation of car parks and landscaping will also be included in Stage Two, completing the project.
Numurkah District Health Service CEO, Jacque Phillips said, “To see the completion of Stage One is brilliant. What they’ve got is a brand new facility with integrated services where the community can come and get all of their healthcare needs met locally.
“Stage One of the project has been funded through the Commonwealth Heath Hospital Fund and Health Workforce Australia and also from State Government contributions.
“The private dental clinic has been funded by the board of management and equipped through community fundraising.
“Once completed entirely we will be returning all pre flood health services back to the community including our acute hospital and operating theatre. It also gives us the opportunity for additional services to be provided from the facility because we have more space. We now have a community rehabilitation centre to help people who have had major surgery or long term illness such as a stroke. We are also really excited for the dental clinic, to be a part of the services we offer the community.
“Once the new hospital is built, we will have all of our community and acute services available all under one roof. It’s a dream realised.
“We’d like to thank the community for their patience and working with us for the completion of Stage One and we look forward to the completion of Stage Two where we will see the return of full health care services back to the community.”