It’s now full steam ahead for the new state-of-the art Tweed Hospital with early construction work to start next week.
The first sod was turned on the Cudgen site today, marking the beginning of a three-year construction process.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest was joined by New South Wales Health Minister Brad Hazzard for the sod-turning.
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“Not only will our new hospital deliver world class healthcare services for the community closer to home, it will also bring hundreds of new jobs to the region and boost our economy,” Mr Provest said.
Mr Hazzard says the State Government has committed half-a-billion dollars for the new facility and it’s a key part of its health commitment.
“This new hospital will mean that more than 5000 patients each year will not have to travel outside of the region for life-saving treatments,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Approval for this first stage of construction is the result of two years of detailed planning with clinicians, health staff, community members and local and state government agencies.”
The Environmental Impact Statement for the site was given the green light last month with the Government approving Stage One of the development last week.
Workers will start moving in from next week to put up construction offices and other workers’ facilities, remove vegetation, build retaining walls and start work on stormwater and drainage infrastructure.
The new facility will provide more beds, a larger emergency department, enhanced surgical and medical services and an integrated cancer care service.
Construction on the new hospital is expected to be complete by the end of 2022, with the first patients to be taken from early 2023.