The new Numurkah hospital is taking shape following the flooding in 2012 that made the old facility unusable.JENNA BISHOP August 27, 2014 3:54am
Steel beam by steel beam, the new Numurkah hospital is quickly taking shape.
More than 35 contractors are working on the site, with the number set to increase to 65 as construction develops.
Construction began on the hospital in January, following an allocation of $18.3 million in last year’s Victorian budget to rebuild.
The old building was deemed unusable after suffering flood damage in 2012.
The hospital has been operating out of temporary facilities since the flood.
Numurkah District Health Service acting chief executive Wendy Ross said the building was starting to take a clear shape.
‘‘It’s all progressing quite well. We lost a little time to the weather and rain, but now we have a roof on, things will be progressing quickly,’’ she said.
‘‘The roof means that even if it rains, work can continue.’’
The main medical part of the building, which will house theatre, X-ray and ultrasound equipment, is expected to be completed by mid next year.
Internal construction has started in sections of the community health building, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The community building’s outer walls, featuring modern green and white brickwork, have also started to take shape.
Ms Ross said the community health section would be a space for primary care services, including general practitioners, physiotherapists and occupational therapists.
The new building will also have a dental clinic, the town’s first dental service in more than 20 years.
‘‘The community did a lot of fundraising for the dental clinic,’’ Ms Ross said.
‘‘We’ve been really well supported by the community, with their fundraising for different sections of the hospital.’’
A children’s playground will also be built at the rear of the hospital, also made possible through community fundraising.
‘‘If people have appointments or are visiting people in hospital, it’s nice to have a space for children to play at the hospital,’’ Ms Ross said.
Foundations have also been poured on the site’s eastern side, ready for construction of a theatre area.
Basic founding structures have also started to be built at the rear of the site’s eastern side.
Ms Ross said pre-cast concrete sections fabricated in Shepparton had recently been delivered to the site, which will form part of the entranceway.
More sections are expected to be delivered to form the outer walls as construction continues.
Ms Ross said the building would also feature a hexagon design on some walls and interior furnishings.
‘‘The community has been really excited to see it go up,’’ she said.
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