THE next stage of construction for the Griffith Base Hospital redevelopment will be starting over the coming months, with many residents eager to see the $250 million project near completion.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District chief executive, Jill Ludford, said the construction process will ensure hospital operations can continue undeterred.
"The community will start to see the site being established in the coming months in preparation for work starting," Ms Ludford said.
"The early works will allow the continued operation of the health service while the new hospital is being built."
The construction contract for the final early works package has been awarded to Hutchinson Builders, and includes the construction of a new non-clinical services building, maintenance and other essential services that will support operations.
The Paediatric Ward will be temporarily relocated in preparation for the establishment of a construction zone. Within that construction site, a temporary carpark will be built and redundant buildings will be demolished.
"This allows us to refine the masterplan and start to determine where everything should be placed to ensure the redeveloped hospital works as efficiently as possible," a MLHD spokesperson said.
The final early works package is forecast for completion in early 2022 ahead of main works commencing.
Currently, there are significant redevelopments underway across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District, including a $431 million Wagga Wagga Base Hospital redevelopment and a $50 million Tumut Hospital redevelopment.
The redevelopment of the Murrumburrah-Harden and Hay health facilities is being delivered under the State Government's $304 million Multipurpose Service Program, which also delivered the new Barham and Tumbarumba MPS' which were completed this year.
NSW Government have invested $10 billion in health infrastructure since 2011, with an additional $10.1 billion planned over the next four years. This will include more than $900 million for rural and regional areas in 2019-20.