$19m hospital work takes shape
THE $19 million upgrade of Grafton Base Hospital, including new operating theatres and an improved emergency department, will start today.
Work is expected to be completed towards the end of the year when the commissioning process will begin and the new development can become fully functional.
Chief executive of the North Coast Area Health Service, Chris Crawford, said the upgrade had been a long time coming.
“We have been waiting for this for over a decade,” he said.
“We have had to advocate for it for a long time but Federal Government finally came to the table and are providing most of the funds for the upgrade.
“It will be a great boost for health services for the people of Grafton and the Clarence.”
The Federal Government has funded the upgrade to a tune of $18 million, with $1.2 million accrued from interest.
A further $500,000 was contributed by State Government to go towards the planning process.
Temporary changes to public access to the hospital site and surrounding car parks are in place due to construction.