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Slab down for new hospital wards

The construction of the new Echuca hospital is progressing well, with slabs having been laid in the past few weeks.

KATHLEEN TONINI February 26, 2013 4:31am

Constuction of the expanding Echuca hospital is taking shape, as seen from above

The construction of the new Echuca hospital is progressing well, with the slab for new wards already laid.

The slab is for stage one of construction, which includes medical, surgical and maternity wards, which is due to be completed by the end of this year.

The demolition of the Camray east ward was also finished this week, which included the removal of asbestos.

Works to reconstruct Hospital Ave were delayed until after the Southern 80 and are now expected to take two weeks from now.

The road will be closed for the period but access to the car park will still be available from High St and access to the Emergency Department will only be from Francis St.

Sewer installation on the Service St entrance is complete and, in Leichardt St, a water main is soon due to be replaced by Coliban Water.

Echuca Regional Health executive project manager Mark Hooper said all was progressing well and on time.

So far there have been only a handful of days where the site has closed due to the heat.

The construction of the $65.5million redevelopment will see the new hospital up and running by early 2015.

The new hospital will have 113 patient beds and the new emergency department will have 23 treatment beds.

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