Eurobodalla Regional Hospital
The NSW Government announced $260 million to build a sustainable, modern and purpose-built facility to support the needs of the entire Eurobodalla Shire from Narooma to Batemans Bay.
The new facility will be located on a greenfield site, it will be networked to Narooma Community Health Service, and it will decommission existing hospitals located in Batemans Bay and Moruya. As a pilot project for the NSW Government Connecting with Country Framework the project will seek to deliver appropriate outcomes for the Aboriginal community, which is one of the largest in southern NSW.
The project will deliver contemporary emergency, medical, surgical, allied health and outpatient services. It will also provide opportunities for existing education and training partners to support service delivery. The new facility will be larger than both Moruya and Batemans Bay hospitals combined, designed with capacity to grow as demand for services changes over time.
The new facility will use the latest technology to deliver patient-centred health services closer to home. It will deliver the supporting infrastructure required for the new hospital, including outdoor green spaces, campus roads and car parking, external road connections, utilities connections, and other site infrastructure.
It will also respond to the new Connecting with Country Framework by delivering culturally inclusive spaces for Aboriginal people to gather, share cultural knowledge and receive health care. The project team are working closely with the Aboriginal community to ensure the design, delivery and operation of the new hospital are culturally safe and welcoming.
Health professionals, consumers, and communities across the Eurobodalla region are also involved in the planning and design of the new hospital.
RP Infrastructure (RPI) is commissioned to provide comprehensive project management and facility planning services to manage all stages of the works from design, project brief, authority approval, consultants, nominated contractor and commissioning activities in partnership with our client Health Infrastructure NSW.
The project has required RPI to manage several new planning initiatives to deliver the project which include: the NSW Government Connecting with Country Framework for which Eurobodalla Hospital is a pilot, a new NSW Health Planning and Prioritisation process, a new NSW Department of Planning approval process, and a new land acquisition process, all while handling interruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. RPI has successfully managed these challenges using authentic and structured engagement with stakeholders.