Summary: A comprehensive master plan has been unveiled for the $558 million Albury Wodonga Regional Hospital development, outlining the immediate and long-term expansion of the hospital. The plan includes new and refurbished facilities, additional medical and surgical beds, new operating theaters, expansion of outpatient and specialist treatment spaces, and the relocation of maternity and newborn services. However, the plan has received criticism from the lobby group Better Border Health for its lack of detail and inadequate representation of the actual site.
A newly unveiled master plan lays out the blueprint for the $558 million Albury Wodonga Regional Hospital development, providing a comprehensive framework for the immediate development and long-term expansion of the hospital. Following the initial round of community consultation, the plan sets the stage for further planning and design stages throughout 2024, including concept design, schematic design, and planning approvals.
The project aims to deliver a mix of new and refurbished facilities at the Albury Hospital campus, enhancing healthcare services for the Albury Wodonga and surrounding communities. The plan includes additional medical and surgical beds, new operating theaters, the expansion of outpatient and specialist treatment spaces, and the relocation of maternity and newborn services currently based in Wodonga. Furthermore, the plan encompasses the construction of a new adult acute mental health inpatient unit, additional car parking spaces, and a new helipad.
The master plan release has been welcomed by New South Wales and Victorian ministers, highlighting the collaboration between the two states to meet the health needs of the region. The master plan provides opportunities for future expansion zones and infrastructure development, fostering potential partnership opportunities. However, the lobby group Better Border Health has criticized the plan, deeming it inadequate and lacking essential information such as bed numbers, the size of new clinical service buildings, and detailed car parking arrangements. The group’s disappointment with the master plan further fuels their longstanding advocacy for a hospital development on a greenfield site.
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