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Riverland Hospital redevelopment reaches milestone
The $41million Berri Hospital Redevelopment reaches a new milestone today with the major concrete pour for the new Emergency Department.
Over the past four months the facility has undergone a dramatic transformation, with most of the major civil works completed allowing for the next stage of construction.
Inspecting work at the site, Health and Ageing Minister John Hill said the project is running on schedule and on-budget.
"The Berri Hospital Re-development is so important for people living and working in the Riverland, because it will mean better access to treatments and services closer to home," Minister Hill said.
"When itís finished, the hospital will be have a much bigger Emergency Department as well as greater operating theatre capacity, chemotherapy, renal dialysis, acute mental health and rehabilitation.
"A lot of work has already been done over the past four months by a team of hard working contractors, including a number of locally-based firms.
"The concrete pour at the ED today marks the start of the next phase in construction and I look forward to seeing the facility start to take shape."
Over the next few months concrete slabs will be completed for the ED, theatres, renal dialysis unit and mental health unit, with the walls starting to go up early next year.
The redevelopment is expected to be completed in December 2013 and will feature two fully equipped theatres, six mental health beds, four oncology chairs and on-site pharmacy services.
The hospitalís ED will double in size, with two trauma rooms and four treatment rooms planned, along with the introduction of 100 percent single-occupancy rooms for inpatients.
The ED concrete pour will begin at 10:30am today (Tuesday) at Berri Hospital.
To view the redevelopment concept plans, visit www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/berrihospitalredevelopment
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