Inverell Hospital Redevelopment
The $60 million Inverell Hospital Redevelopment will deliver a new purpose built facility with a connection to the existing hospital. The redevelopment includes:
- Medical Inpatient Unit consisting of:
- General medical zone including 29 beds with a mix of single rooms and two-bed rooms all with ensuites. The inpatient unit also features two rooms with facilities designed for palliative care, a shared waiting area and education and training room
- Paediatric zone consisting of three beds and a play area
- Maternity zone consisting of six single bedrooms all with ensuites, an assessment room, birthing suite with bath and Newborn and paediatric Emergency Transport Service (NETS) room.
- Renal Dialysis Unit consisting of eight spaces, including one single room and machine maintenance area.
- Emergency Department consisting of a private room for the treatment of sensitive cases, resuscitation and acute bays, plaster and procedure room, private consultation room, and safe assessment room. The department will also be linked to the Telehealth Critical Care network.
- One new theatre with anaesthetic bay, three recovery bays, and six day stay chairs and a sterilising department. The existing theatre will remain in operation ensuring two theatres for the hospital.
- A new medical imaging unit.
Alongside the redevelopment of clinical areas, the project will also deliver a main entrance, kiosk, reception area, and improved car parking.
The redevelopment also includes the refurbishment of parts of the existing hospital for ambulatory care and community health functions.
Local trades and suppliers online forum
Richard Crookes Constructions’ will host a public forum online via Zoom to talk about the Inverell Hospital Redevelopment Stage 1B project. Local businesses, including trade contractors and suppliers, are encouraged to attend to learn more about the project and how they may be able to get involved.
Zoom is free to use and can be accessed on any mobile or computer with internet access. Those wanting to take part in the forum can register at any time, however the forum will not ‘open’ until 12pm on the 29 July. The process to register only takes a few minutes, however it’s recommended this is completed well ahead of the forum to avoid any unexpected issues.
During the online forum all participants will be muted, and video will be disabled so the presenters can be heard, and the presentation seen by everyone. Any questions can be typed by participants and the RCC presenters will answer them at the end of the forum.
Unable to attend the online forum?
Should you not be able to attend the live forum, please register your interest to receive the presentation and updated Frequently Asked Questions document after the event.
To register, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org noting your name, organisation and email address.
Old hospital handed over to builders
With the new hospital up and running, the old hospital has now been handed over to the builders to start the second stage of the Inverell Hospital Redevelopment project. This involves refurbishing most of the old hospital to accommodate Community Health and Ambulatory Care services.
Richard Crookes Constructions’ have secured the tender for the refurbishment of the old hospital, and they are currently setting up their new site sheds off Swanbrook Road.
As of June 2020, access to health services is as follows:
- New Hospital and Emergency Department – located on Moore Street, drop-off zone and carpark via the Moore Street entrance.
- Community Health – remains in current location off Swanbrook Road entrance until refurbishment of old hospital is complete in mid-late 2021.
- Physio and Gym – from 22 June 2020 relocated to the Community Health building until refurbishment of old hospital is complete.
- Dental Clinic – remains in current location off Swanbrook Road entrance, with vehicle access via the internal road off the Swanbrook Road entrance, until refurbishment of old hospital is complete.
- GP Clinic – remains in current location in North Wing accessed via Moore Street entrance.
- Pathology – remains in current location in North Wing accessed via Moore Street entrance.
- Aboriginal Family Room – remains in current location within the Rehabilitation Building accessed via the Dental Clinic car park area off the Swanbrook Road entrance.
- North Wing Specialist Clinics – remain in current location within North Wing off Moore Street entrance.
New hospital opens on 25 May 2020
Construction is complete, the builders have handed over the keys, and the new Inverell Hospital opened to the public on 25 May 2020.
The new Inverell Hospital is a modern, fit-for-purpose and culturally welcoming facility, the Inverell community can be immensely proud of.
Due to COVID-19, and to protect the health and wellbeing of staff and the community, the planned community open day is unfortunately unable to be held. The community is invited to get to know their new hospital ‘online’ with the option of printed materials for those who need it.
A brochure, internal site map, external site map and a video walk-through of the new hospital are available below:
Printed brochures are also available from the new hospital, Community Health, Inverell Shire Council, and local Doctors' practices.
The new Inverell Hospital is located off Moore Street, and brings together all the acute services including Emergency, Medical Imaging, Renal Dialysis, Inpatient Unit, Maternity, Paediatrics, Day Surgery and an Operating Theatre.
A video of aerial photography taken between October 2018 and March 2020 shows the incredible transformation of the site, as well as the huge change in seasons experienced over this timeframe. You can watch the video here:
We’d like to thank the staff and the Inverell community for their support and patience during the project and look forward to receiving feedback on the new hospital.
Tender awarded for second stage of project
In great news for the project, the construction tender for the second stage of the Inverell Hospital Redevelopment has been awarded to Richard Crookes Constructions (RCC). The team is pictured below (please note, this image was taken in January 2020).
This stage involves refurbishment of most of the existing hospital to enable the relocation of services from the existing Community Health building. The existing hospital is linked to the new hospital (which is currently in the final stages of construction), which will provide improved integration between acute and community health services and enable the delivery of patient care from a consolidated location on the campus.
RCC are already familiar with the health service and the community as they were the successful tenderers for the construction of the first stage of the redevelopment. They will be holding an industry information session in the coming months to provide information on the requirements for businesses interested in working on the refurbishment project.
The internal refurbishment works will commence once the existing hospital services are relocated into the new hospital in mid-2020, with some early works to occur before this.
The team working on the Inverell Hospital Redevelopment hosted a community 'pop-up' in the Inverell CBD in November 2019.
The community was invited to view recent construction and aerial photos, as well as the plans for the new building and the refurbishment of the existing hospital and speak to the project team.
Questions were asked about services, staffing and the scope of the redevelopment.
The project team confirmed that a CT scanner is included in the new hospital building, and the ‘shell’ for the CT room is currently being constructed.
Construction on the new hospital building remains on-track for completion during mid-2020.
Following the relocation into the new hospital, the refurbishment of the existing hospital will commence.
More information, including statistics on the project, can be found in the October 2019 project update
The team working on the Inverell Hospital Redevelopment hosted a community 'pop-up' in the Inverell CBD in early November.
Member for Northern Tablelands, Adam Marshall joined the project team, hospital staff and community representatives during August 2019 to mark an important milestone for the Inverell Hospital Redevelopment and make an announcement.
To celebrate the completion of the roof on the new building, Minister Marshall and Inverell Shire Council Mayor Paul Harmon signed the last piece of roof sheeting to go onto the building.
Minister Marshall also announced that a CT service will be introduced at Inverell Hospital. The required infrastructure for the CT machine will be delivered as a part of the Stage 1A redevelopment.
The Inverell Hospital Redevelopment project will deliver a new hospital building linked to the existing hospital which will be refurbished. Stage 1A of the project is on track to be complete in mid-2020.
Local MP Adam Marshall and Inverell Mayor Paul Harmon after signing the last piece of roof sheeting (which will now go onto the building)
Adam Marshall MP, joined by the project team, and reps from HNELHD, Inverell Hospital, Inverell Shire Council and the community
Arts in Health for the new Inverell Health Service
As part of the Inverell Hospital Redevelopment, an Arts Advisory Working Group (AWG) will support the delivery of Arts in Health. Integrating Arts in Health is one way we can improve cultural connections and generate a sense of community pride and ownership of the new hospital.
The main goal of the Inverell AWG is to identify opportunities to include culturally appropriate art, such as music, visual arts, and heritage, in the new hospital that have the ability to improve health and wellbeing, and make the new hospital a welcoming facility.
For more information please contact Kate McCosker on 0429 074 661 /
Construction is powering ahead at the Inverell Hospital Redevelopment with over 1100m3 of concrete poured for the building slabs, and the steel frames going up – a total of 160 tonnes of structural steel will be used in the building frame. Health Minister Brad Hazzard joined local MP Adam Marshall to inspect the progress on 7 June. Minister Hazzard said "it makes me proud as the Minister to say once the complete, this hospital will ensure Inverell has one of the best primary and allied health precincts in country NSW – all under the one roof".
We’re “rocking” on at Inverell….extensive earthworks to prepare the new site have removed approx. 7000 tonne of rock to date, with more to go. This rock is being crushed and will be reused in the construction process reducing the need to bring in large amounts of new materials to use as fill. It’s a win, win!
Check out the incredible aerial photo of the site which shows the earthworks as well as the new car parking space in the northern part of the site off Moore Street and the new access roads.
A reminder that access to the Emergency Department is via the hospital main entry off Swanbrook Road.
This week at Inverell it was out with the old to make way for the new. The old outbuildings are being taken down to clear the way for the new hospital building. Now the hard work starts as we’ve got about 6000 cubic meters of material to remove! The entire worksite at Inverell is largely rock, mostly basalt, a very dense, very hard rock formed by lava. Lucky for us basalt is most commonly used in construction as fill, which is exactly what will be happening with the rock taken out - it will be re-used on site.
Take a look inside the $30 million Inverell Hospital building currently under construction. Stop by the new emergency department and inpatient unit on this internal fly-through.
Congratulations to the team at Inverell who turned the first sod on the new hospital redevelopment site today.
Local doctors and nurse unit managers from the maternity, renal, emergency, and surgical departments joined Hospital Manager Kath Randall and Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall to celebrate the occasion.
Happy Handover Day Inverell Hospital!
Today the site for the $30 million Inverell Hospital Redevelopment was officially handed over to the main contractor Richard Crookes Constructions.
When complete, the redeveloped hospital will deliver expanded health care services and facilities to the community including a new Emergency Department, theatre, inpatient unit, day surgery unit, renal dialysis unit and main entrance.
Richard Crookes Construction is looking to work with local trades and businesses to build the new hospital - anyone interested in working on the project should contact their Tamworth Office on 02 6766 5225.