VICTOR HARBOR - $10 million is being spent on upgrades to Victor Harbor's health precinct near the South Coast District Hospital.
The upgrade will include primary health, mental health and rehabilitation services to the south coast.
It will feature state of the art treatment spaces, consulting rooms, client education and training facilities.
It will link the hospital and Southern Fleurieu Health service together through a shared entrance.
State health minister Jack Snelling was in Victor Harbor on Thursday, February 13 to make the announcement and meet health staff at the hospital and health service.
"This new precinct will give the south coast community access to a range of services in one central hub, which will be integrated with the hospital and its specialist staff," Mr Snelling said.
Services at the precinct will centre around ageing, chronic conditions and mental health care.
"This precinct will bring together experts in allied health and rehabilitation, including physiotherapist, speech pathologists and occupational therapist, as well as aged care specialists, mental health clinicians, students and volunteers," Mr Snelling said.
It will include a bigger car park, a therapy courtyard for children and people with disabilities, and a flexible design to enable after hours use by community and local self-help groups.
The main entrance will be moved to what is known as the back of the hospital later this year.
Doctor David Miller provides after hours services at the hospital and was delighted with the news.
"Any improvement and increase in services is a good thing," he said.
Construction started in January and will be done in several stages to minimise service impact. The new site is expected to open in mid 2015.
Adelaide-based Tagara Builders Pty Ltd won the contract to build the site.
Mr Snelling said many of the sub contractors are yet to be finalised.
He said many building companies would seek to employ locals on building sites.
The upgrades are being funded by the Federal Government.
The hospital received chemotherapy beds in May 2013, an upgraded triage service in July 2012, and a dialysis unit in June 2010.