$128m hospital work on schedule
THE Ipswich Hospital expansion is on track with work on the region's largest health facility expected to come to an end in early 2014.
The two-storey building which encompasses the bulk of the $128.7 million expansion will rise from what is now a construction site adjacent to Churchill St.
Ipswich Hospital executive director Linda Hardy said the first stage of works was progressing well and was due to be completed by the end of July.
"These works include a refurbished front entry with a new pharmacy, expanded medical imaging department and expanded staff dining area," she said.
"Early works also included the relocation of the Ipswich Hospital Dental clinic to a brand-new clinic in the Limestone Street Centre building."
Ms Hardy said site construction works for the main project were also well under way.
"This will see the construction of a new double-storey building primarily to accommodate new inpatient beds, day procedure rooms and new oncology treatment area.
"Other significant work as part of the main project is the refurbishment and expansion of birth suites, and increasing the emergency department to more than double its current size and the creation of additional off-site car parking through a new multi-storey car park."
The expected total project completion date is early in 2014.
The expansion will deliver 90 additional beds and an expanded emergency department, increasing capacity to 47 treatment spaces.
Work on the emergency department expansion will start in August and be in three stages.
Work began on the expansion, managed by construction company Lend Lease, earlier this year.
The extent of the expansion became apparent to Ipswich last month when a crane was erected, marking a significant milestone in the project.