Pictured: Hugh Macdonald, Stephen Brown, Jan Ivory, Rohan Fitzgerald
The Western District Health Service (WDHS) Cancer Treatment and Dialysis redevelopment is set to kick off in the coming months, with commercial builders currently being asked to submit Expressions of Interest (EOI) to construct the $1.8 million facility.
Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says following months of planning and due diligence work, an EOI has been advertised, opening up the market generally and making it possible for local and regional companies to apply to construct this exciting new facility.
“The EOI has an evaluation component that looks at the capabilities of the builders and also their experience in the health field.
Following an evaluation of the EOI applications, we will develop a short list and then send the selected businesses a ‘request for tender’.
We want to support local businesses to tender for local projects where they have the right expertise and experience, and the EOI process allows us to do just that,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
In 2015 WDHS identified a need to increase the level of cancer services offered to the local community and to improve the quality of the treatment facilities available to patients.
Since then, WDHS has established a relationship with the third largest cancer service provider in the State, the Ballarat Regional Integrated Cancer Centre (BRICC) and increased the number of days a cancer specialist visits Hamilton in person.
“The new facility is the next phase in ensuring we provide a state of the art service that will greatly improve the environment for the delivery of both cancer treatments and dialysis,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
Local businessperson, Jan Ivory received chemotherapy treatment at Hamilton Base Hospital last year and says she’s excited that the new facility will allow more patients to remain at home during their treatment.
“It was so wonderful to have my chemotherapy treatment here in Hamilton, it was just great to be able to go home and flop on the couch. I also had friends who would come up and visit me while I was having treatment to make the time go more quickly.
The oncology nurses were excellent and I couldn’t have asked for better care, but the current area is limited in size and I think the plans for the new facility look really impressive,” Mrs Ivory said.
Mr Fitzgerald says he would like to thank the community for their support in funding the project.
“This redevelopment would not have been possible without the immense generosity of our community, who have raised an amazing $1.5million to date.
We are so grateful for their continued support, which will benefit those with cancer and on dialysis for many years to come,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
For more details on the Expression of Interest which closes on July 21, please contact Robbie Cook on (03) 5551 8024. For members of the community who would like to view the project plans, they are available in HBH Reception or online at www.wdhs.net