Construction on the $7 million emergency department (ED) upgrade at Murray Bridge Hospital (MBH) is one step closer following an announcement from the state government that concept plans were in their final stages.
Acting regional director Riverland, Mallee, Coorong Country Health SA (CHSA) Tanya Lehmann said “the breaking-of-ground” is anticipated to take place around mid-2019.
“Up until that point the money from this financial year’s budget will be spend on the design and architectural stage of the project,” she said.
Minister for health and wellbeing Stephen Wade said a range of people had been involved in the concept designs – alongside lead architects Wiltshire Swain – including local doctors and nurses, SA Ambulance, infection control specialists and clinical leaders at Country Health SA (CHSA).
“The Murray Bridge Hospital ED upgrade is a significant announcement for Murray Bridge and the region and as such it is vital we get it right,” Minister Wade said.
“The funding in the budget will transform this vision from the wish list into a reality.
“I would like to personally thanks all those involved in providing input into the concept design phase – their input is helping shape what will no doubt be a fantastic new ED.”
Member for Hammond Adrian Pederick said the Murray Bridge Hospital ED upgrade would allow the hospital to meet the increasing demand for emergency services in Murray Bridge and surrounding areas, while simultaneously providing a modern and safe treatment space for patients.
“The new emergency department will more than double the size of the existing ED and will include two more resuscitation bays – one more than currently available – and seven treatment bays – four more than currently available,” Mr Pederick said.
“The new ED will also include a dedicated waiting room for patients and a separate quiet room for vulnerable patients, two procedure rooms, two consulting rooms, an ambulance lobby, nurses station, access toilet and shower facilities and relatives room.
“The plan fulfills our pre-election commitment to the people of Murray Bridge and the region and is evidence of the level of commitment of the Marshall Liberal Government has to boosting health services in our regions.”
Minister Wade told The Standard it was expected plans would be finished would in the next few weeks after consultation had been completed.
“The current ED is quiet constrained and the new redevelopment will have a very substantial waiting room and will more adequately address the needs of patients who attend the ED,” Minster Wade said.
Mr Pederick added the ED upgrade was greatly needed by the community and something locals and people throughout the region had sought for some time, and said he was delighted at the progress being made.
“We only get one go at this so we want to make sure the final design meets all the needs of the community before construction can begin,” he said.
“The upgrade will go a long way to securing health services for the people of Murray Bridge and the region for many years to come, ensuring that people can continue to receive high level care as close to home as possible.”