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Thursday, 2 April 1987
Page: 1955


Mr WEST (Minister for Housing and Construction)(12.20) —I move:

That, in accordance with the provisions of the Public Works Committee Act 1969, the following proposed work be referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works for consideration and report: Upgrading of acute ward accommodation, Repatriation General Hospital, Concord, NSW.

The proposed work before the House is for the construction of a new acute ward accommodation block at the Repatriation General Hospital in Concord, New South Wales. The existing ward block was constructed in 1941 as part of a group of buildings to meet the medical and surgical needs of wounded and sick servicemen. This received the Sulman Award for Architecture in 1946 and is included on the Royal Australian Institute of Architects register of significant twentieth century buildings.

The building now requires upgrading because of changed approaches to such matters as infection control, patient welfare, staff training and treatment procedure. Measures needed to meet the changed technological and clinical standards will lead to the loss of at least 168 bed spaces in the building. The proposed works will provide the construction of a new ward to replace the loss of bed spaces in the upgrading of the existing building. When the new ward is finished and occupied, progressive upgrading of the existing facility will be undertaken to similar standards. Scope of the current referral includes:

Construction of a new ward block with a capacity of 168 beds. Facilities will include single and four-bed patient areas with en suite showers and toilets, nurses' stations and ward support areas together with a connection to the existing ward block. The ground floor will include provision for a gastroenterology unit and day care ward.

Associated external services, site works and landscaping.

Alternative accommodation to replace those buildings which need to be demolished to provide a clear site for the new works.

Subject to further consideration by the Public Works Committee, it is planned that construction will commence in August 1988 with a view to completion by mid-1990. The estimated cost of the work is $13.4m at November 1986 prices. I table the plans of the proposed work and commend the motion to the House.