The Marshall Liberal Government has today appointed the architects who will design the Master Plan for Mt Barker Hospital.The Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the contract was awarded to Russell and Yelland Architects, who will commence the master planning at the hospital this week.
‘Today’s announcement officially marks the process of the architects engaging local doctors, nurses and other health practitioners on what they believe should be incorporated into the rejuvenated Master Plan for their hospital,” Minister Wade said.
“The Master Plan will outline components of future services that are required to ensure the hospital continues to provide the best care to their local community.
“The region has recently undertaken a robust planning process for services at Mount Barker Hospital and Strathalbyn and District Health Service through the collaborative leadership of local general practitioners, the Health Advisory Council Presiding Member, staff and key stakeholders.
“The planning process identified several health service priorities including accident and emergency services, paediatric services and renal services.
“I am delighted to meet local doctors and nurses today and discuss what is important to them as they begin this important process.”
The State Government last week announced it would be funding $337,000 over four years to increase paediatric services at Mt Barker Hospital, enabling the provision of a specialist to support the current obstetric service.
Liberal Member for Kavel Dan Cregan said the announcement of Russell and Yelland Architects was an exciting first step for the community.
“Our local community has been working diligently to plan which services are required in Mt Barker and I am pleased that Russell and Yelland Architects will now kick-off what we will be some robust planning with our hospital staff,” Mr Cregan said.
“The State Government is committed to upgrading our country services and it’s great to hear that our regional health services are forward planning to best meet the demands of our local community.
“Today is an important step and I look forward to seeing the Master Plan and further engaging with my local community on the plan.”
The Master Plan process will kick-off this week and will be finalised by the end of the year.