The prefabricated modular units for the new Alpha Community Hospital and associated staff
accommodation will start arriving on site from 8 February.

Minister for Health and Ambulance Services Cameron Dick said the 42 separate modules
comprising the new hospital and staff accommodation had been constructed at a factory in
Toowoomba.

They will begin arriving at Alpha in the Central West on 37 separate truckloads between 8
and 16 February.

“Once the modules arrive at Alpha, they will be installed on-site, fitted out and
commissioned by mid-year,’’ Mr Dick said.

“This is the first co-located hospital and emergency services project in the state and will
mean better integrated emergency responses and health care for the Alpha community well
into the future.”

Mr Dick said project provided employment for 130 people in Toowoomba and Alpha,
including a number of local residents.

“As well as employing local residents directly on site, main contractor Hutchinson Builders
also has engaged a number of local sub-contractors to undertake several portions of the
work on site,’’ he said.

“This includes Alpha-based concrete supplier Brown Dog Concreting which has been
engaged to supply the equivalent of more than 120 trucks full of concrete.

“Darren Thorne Contracting will also undertake excavations and retaining wall construction;
Michael Horman Transport has been engaged to supply the quarry product and perform
civil works, while C & C Harris has been engaged to supply and install all of the interior
linings.

“This fits in with the Palaszczuk Government’s philosophy of ensuring major government
infrastructure contracts in regional areas also benefit local contractors as much as
possible.’’

Central West Hospital and Health Board Chair Ed Warren said the new Alpha co-located
health and emergency services facility would be a major boost for the local community.

‘‘The new facility will be clear of the local 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,’’ he said.

The hospital component includes 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 with own verandahs, outpatient treatment facilities, telehealth
facilities and non-clinical support services.

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

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MEDIA CONTACT: Anna Jabour 0429 890 942

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