Frequently Asked Questions
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Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions

 

What will be redevelopment deliver?

The redevelopment will provide a mix of new and refurbished areas at the Bathurst Hospital. It includes:

  • new main entry on Mitre Street and improved access to greenspace
  • an expanded emergency department and maternity unit 
  • a new mental health inpatient unit (Panorama Clinic)
  • improvements to inpatient, outpatient and community health services and operating theatres
  • a new integrated paediatrics zone
  • a planned expansion of the cancer care service at the Daffodil Cottage.

How will clinical services be improved? 

Significant enhancements to clinical services will be delivered to improve patient flow and experience in the expanded emergency department. Virtual and Out of Hospital Care will also help drive greater efficiency and enhanced patient care outcomes. Cardiology and maternity services will also be enhanced through the redevelopment. New mothers and their babies will have single inpatient rooms with overnight carer spaces. The maternity unit will also see new full sized birthing suites, alongside an expanded Special Care Nursery.

What are the features of the schematic design?

The schematic design further outlines the vision for the redevelopment, including the new and expanded emergency department, new main entry on Mitre Street and improved access to greenspace. The existing main entrance will be retained for patient drop off and pick up as well as patients visiting Medical Imaging and some other outpatient services.  

What is the schematic design?      

The schematic design provides further insight into what the redevelopment will look like, which will deliver enhanced health services within a contemporary and sustainable facility. The schematic design considers the building and services to the next level of detail, providing clinicians, staff and other stakeholders with a greater level of understanding of what the new hospital will look like and how it will work. For more information about the schematic design process, visit How to Build a Hospital.

Are you planning for future expansion on the site?   

Future expansion is always an important consideration so that a new facility can accommodate population growth, new models of care and changes in health care needs in the future. These opportunities will be identified through master planning.

What consultation has taken place?             

The hospital design has been informed by extensive feedback from health professionals, staff, patients, Aboriginal community representatives, the Community Reference Group and the local community. The consultation and feedback has been extremely valuable in shaping the redevelopment to ensure it meets the region’s unique health needs. The schematic design was developed through considerable consultation and investigative works to inform the latest designs including:

  • Executive User Groups
  • Clinical Reference Group
  • Functional Design Briefing Project User Groups (PUGS) with clinicians and staff
  • Community Reference Group,
  • Logistics and support services investigation
  • Connecting with Country sessions, and 
  • site investigations including site surveys, internal scanning, traffic studies, geotechnic and contamination, acoustic studies         

How is the project consulting with the local Aboriginal communities?        

The project team has undertaken extensive engagement with the local Aboriginal communities to inform the Connecting with Country framework. The hospital’s design has a strong Connection to Country, with light-filled spaces, as well as direct access to recreational areas and improved connection to Victoria Park to create a welcoming environment for patients, visitors and staff.       

Will there be more car parking? 

The Bathurst Hospital Redevelopment is improving vehicle and pedestrian movements throughout the site and the project will deliver an increase of public car spaces onsite. Improved car parking distribution for the site is being planned to support the new main entry on Mitre Street, the existing entry and emergency department, while also 
enabling the provision of greenspace for the benefit of patients, staff and community. 
Car spaces have been redistributed with additional spaces directly outside the  emergency department and the provision of accessible parking with closer proximity to the lift access to the heritage building. Under cover parking accessed from Mitre Street will be prioritised for public use close to the new entry foyer and lift wells.  New line marking and an expansion of the parking towards Durham St will add spaces to the site
To inform the car parking strategy, the Bathurst Health Service commenced a car parking trial in November 2023 to optimise staff use of the designated staff car park and improve car parking turnover for the public in premium locations during peak hours. The results of the car parking trail are currently under review by the traffic engineers. In addition, traffic engineers are currently reviewing Hospital access, including improved car parking accessibility for patients, staff and visitors, alongside pedestrian and vehicular flows on the campus and preparing reports for the upcoming SSDA submission.
The campus has allocated parking spaces for disability parking, loading zone, emergency drop off zone and patient pickup zone, and community and mental health vehicles. The exact number of spaces required for the redevelopment and location of staff, visitor and patient drop-off and longer stay parking spaces will be determined as the design develops. 

Are you planning for future expansion on the site? 

Future expansion is an important consideration so that a new facility can accommodate population growth, new models of care and changes in health care needs in the future. These opportunities have been identified through master planning. 

Will the hospital expand into Victoria Park?

No, there are no plans to expand into the park.

When will construction start on the Bathurst Hospital redevelopment?  

Following feedback from the schematic design phase, the project team will finalise statutory planning materials to support the State Significant Development Application which is expected to be lodged later this year with
construction expected to start in 2025 following planning approvals. Work will be carefully staged to ensure clinical services remain operational during construction. 

How will the new hospital be staffed?

A workforce plan has been developed by the LHD as part of the redevelopment planning process .

Will there be access to outdoor areas?

The hospital’s design features light-filled spaces, as well as direct access to recreational areas and improved connection to Victoria Park to create a welcoming environment for patients, visitors and staff. The redevelopment will also retain and maximise district views from the hospital campus. 

How can I provide feedback?     

Feedback can be provided via the project website bathurstredevelopment.health.nsw.gov.au or by contacting the project team directly through the website or phone 9978 5432 or HI-Bathurst@health.nsw.gov.au

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