Cancer project set to kick off in the New Year

CLiaison's picture December 19, 2017


Pictured - Nicholson Construction director Dean Stevens and WDHS Chief Exectutive Rohan Fitzgerald

Construction of the much anticipated Cancer Treatment and Dialysis Area at Hamilton Base Hospital is set to kick off in January, with the successful tenderer, Nicholson Construction announced this week.

Nicholson’s were appointed following a competitive tender process that saw five local and regional companies vie for the project. As part of the agreement, specific works will be subcontracted to local trades and businesses.

WDHS Chief Executive, Rohan Fitzgerald says it’s exciting to be heading into the construction phase, after many months of preparation and planning.

“The construction is due to commence in early Januaryand is expected to take around six months to complete.

This is the culmination of years of planning and it’s really pleasing to progress to the building stage. It will be great to see some hard hats and tradies on site.”

Mr Fitzgerald says the support for the project has been overwhelming, with over $1.8million raised so far.

“In a relatively small community, that’s an outstanding achievement. I am very proud of what the community has been able to accomplish and look forward to having a state of the art treatment area to better support cancer and dialysis patients, in just a few short months,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

The redevelopment plans were prepared by Building Designer, Chris Steele and the new facility will have up to eight treatment bays and occupy approximately 350 square metres.

WDHS Director of Corporate Services, Nick Starkie says the new treatment area will be built where the Library and Health Information precincts at Hamilton Base Hospital were previously located and although there are a number of technical challenges with the construction, the impact on patients will be minimal.

“Over the past few months we have been transitioning staff from these areas into new offices and working through possible issues to ensure that patients and staff aren’t affected by the works.

There may be some restrictions around parking and our Admissions Office will need to be relocated, but our existing services will be maintained and noise and other disruptions will be kept to a minimum,” Mr Starkie said.