The master planning will investigate options that will likely see all of our Camperdown health services (currently delivered from four separate sites) consolidated on to the one site – which would result in a one-stop shop for everything to do with health. This would create a leading, modern, comprehensive and fully-integrated rural health service for our Camperdown and district community.
The potential co-location of our Camperdown Hospital, Merindah Lodge aged care facility, Manifold Place community health centre, Camperdown South West Dental Services, Camperdown Mental Health Services, and David Newman Adult Day Centre will be considered and various options will be explored in relation to possible locations, service design and access.
In breaking the news to Camperdown staff, SWH Board chairman John Maher said the announcement to commence formal planning for a new facility is extremely timely given our Camperdown Hospital has experienced such extraordinary growth over the past 12 months. In inpatients alone, there has been a 47.5 percent increase during 2016-17 (718 more inpatients than in 2015-16).
Describing the hospital as not being up to the current standards expected of healthcare facilities, John thanked staff for ‘doing such a great job and working so hard to deliver high quality health services in buildings that are no longer fit for purpose’.
The formal and detailed master planning process will commence shortly. Silver Thomas Hanley has been appointed as the principal architect. It will undertake the planning for the redevelopment of the Camperdown campus at the same time it undertakes the detailed planning processes associated with the stage 2 redevelopment of our Warrnambool Base Hospital. This means the planning for the Warrnambool and Camperdown sites will happen simultaneously.
An important part of Camperdown’s planning stage will see the commissioning of local user groups to gain valuable input from staff and community members. Sandra Hilton has been appointed SWH Redevelopment Project manager for both sites. She’ll work closely with our Service Development director Jamie Brennan and Camperdown Campus manager Janine Dureau-Finn.
It’s expected the process will take a number of months, well into the start of 2018. It’s hoped the master planning completion will lead to funding approval for the desired redevelopment. ‘We cannot make any assumptions that this is a done deal’, cautions John, ‘but we are optimistic and I can assure you we will be seeking government support and commitment in the upcoming months. This is a very exciting time for our Camperdown staff and our Camperdown and district residents. The Board is extremely committed to seeing this project through, and to securing the funding required to plan and fully redevelop this key campus of South West Healthcare.’