Hospital approves $30m rebuild

South West Healthcare Board of Management president John Maher details plans for a total rebuild of Merindah Lodge and the Camperdown hospital’s acute ward.

South West Healthcare Board of Management president John Maher details plans for a total rebuild of Merindah Lodge and the Camperdown hospital’s acute ward.

CAMPERDOWN hospital is set to undergo a comprehensive rebuild over the next five years, at an estimated cost of $30 million.

South West Healthcare announced the planned rebuild at its Year in Review presentation in Camperdown on Thursday night.

Board of management president John Maher said a brand new aged care facility would be developed at a cost of about $11 million.

A further $18 to $20 million would be sourced to rebuild the hospital’s acute facilities.

Mr Maher said the rebuild plans followed on from an independent external review carried out on Merindah Lodge, the hospital’s existing aged care facility, earlier this year.

“The aim of the review was to determine our future in the residential aged care sector,” he said.

“The review highlighted that South West Healthcare did indeed have the demand and skill mix to have an ongoing role in the aged care sector, but that significant capital investment would be required to bring the facilities up to contemporary standards.”

The consultant’s report identified the demand projections and economic analysis supported a bed configuration of 36 aged care beds, the same as currently offered.

However, Mr Maher said the new facility would have a much bigger footprint.

“The current facility is very old and out of date,” he said.

“It doesn’t meet today’s standards and could not be renovated to do so.

“It really is antiquated.  You can’t, for example, get a wheelchair in the existing two bed wards.

“The idea is for each room in the new facility to have its own ensuite.”

The $11 million rebuild is expected to be funded by a combination of resident payments, commercial borrowings and fundraising – no State Government funds are available for aged care facilities.

Mr Maher said the board of management had also agreed to go ahead with a redevelopment of the hospital’s acute facilities.

“We believe this work should happen at the same time the new Merindah Lodge is built,” he said.

“South West Healthcare is now formally engaged with the Department of Health and Human Services to determine whether both projects can be done simultaneously.

“We would obviously require government support but it is our plan to complete a business case next year that would enable this multimillion dollar project to advance to the formal planning stages.”

Mr Maher said the redevelopments were likely to take three to five years to come to fruition.

“We are in the very early stages of the project, there’s a lot of work to be done yet,” he said.

“It’s certainly very exciting times for Camperdown though.”

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