Tamworth hospital redevelopment on schedule

PREPARATIONS for the Tamworth hospital redevelopment are going full steam ahead, 30-odd people heard at a public information session on Wednesday night.

The former blood bank building has been demolished to make way for the temporary renal service building, which will be built next week, and earthworks are under way near the Tamworth Community Health building for demountables to house the clinics.

Some of the buildings earmarked for demolition – including the clinics, stores and renal buildings – will come down early next year.

Work on the new acute building will begin in June, ahead of a 2015 completion date.

Once it is finished the Bruderlin building will be refurbished.

At the meeting, Tamworth hospital general manager Brad Hansen stressed services would continue as normal throughout the redevelopment.

It was also confirmed the North West Cancer Centre was on track for a December 19 completion date and would open for treatment in February.

The 20-bed patient and carer accommodation facility will also be finished by the end of the year.

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