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    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Hutchinson Builders to build Queensland’s first co-located emergency hub at Alpha

    Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Services
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Monday, September 21, 2015

    Hutchinson Builders to build Queensland’s first co-located emergency hub at Alpha

    Hutchinson Builders has been named as the successful tender to build Queensland’s first co-located hospital, ambulance, police, fire and emergency services facility at Alpha in the Central West.

    Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the $17.5 million Alpha Hospital and Emergency Services project would be the first co-located facility in the State and would use modular construction methods similar to those used in the constructed hospital at Moura.

    “The Alpha Hospital and Co-Located Emergency Services facility will provide better integrated emergency responses and services for the Alpha community and region,” he said.

    “This facility will give the Central West economy a boost, generating local jobs for local people.”

    Minister for State Development Dr Anthony Lynham said a shortlist of five contractors was chosen for the project following an expression of interest process.

    “Hutchinson Builders proposal for a facility to be purpose-designed and built for the Alpha community was then chosen from the five submissions,’’ he said.

    “The Alpha project construction will commence this month and we expect it to be completed by April 2016.”

    Board Chair of the Central West Hospital and Health Service Ed Warren said the current Alpha Hospital had served the community well for many years but was showing signs of its age.

    “The existing hospital and other current emergency services sites within the Alpha township have been subject to flooding problems in the past,’’ he said.

    ‘‘The new facility will be clear of the flood zone and will act as the emergency response centre for the whole Alpha region so as to ensure services are always available when they’re needed most. 

    The new hospital will include 24-hour emergency access, two inpatient beds, two observation beds and two resuscitation bays, private practice clinic facilities, a four-bed residential aged care facility, outpatient treatment facilities, telehealth facilities and non-clinical support services.

    The facility will also provide:

    • A combined Queensland Police Service and Queensland Fire and Rescue facility, with provision for a future State Emergency Service presence.
    • Provision for hospital based Queensland Ambulance Service
    • Separate community meeting room and amenities.
    • Five short-term stay staff accommodation units for all agencies.
    • Visitor and staff parking.

    The modular construction nature of the new facility will also make it easy to expand the facility as future service needs require.

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