The need for a new hospital for the Tweed Valley
There are many reasons why a new hospital is needed for the Tweed-Byron region. The region has changed significantly since The Tweed Hospital was opened in the early 1970s and the region will continue to grow and change into the future. The way healthcare is provided has also developed over this time and will continue to evolve.
The need for the new Tweed Valley Hospital is being driven by:
- The significant forecast population growth in the Tweed-Byron region, and in particular the increase in the ageing population.
- The need for the health services in the Tweed-Byron region to be more self-sufficient, to give residents access to more services locally, without travelling outside the region.
- The need to implement modern healthcare models, to deliver high quality health services into the future.
- The constraints of current infrastructure at The Tweed Hospital, which is at capacity - a program of interim upgrade works has commenced to assist in meeting the needs of the community until the new hospital opens, and services are transferred.
- The physical limitations of the existing Tweed Hospital site, which has inadequate space to develop new buildings and access is impacted by flooding.
These drivers strongly support the decision to construct a purpose-built referral hospital on a new site; and will ensure that the growing and changing healthcare needs of the Tweed-Byron community are provided for in the years to come.
The project consists of:
- Delivery of a new major referral hospital to provide the health services required to meet the needs of the growing population of the Tweed-Byron region, in conjunction with the other hospitals and community health centres across the region.
- Master planning for additional health, education, training and research facilities to support these health services, which will be developed with service partners over time. These areas will be used initially for construction site/compound and at-grade car parking.
- Delivery of the supporting infrastructure required for the new hospital, including greenspace and other amenity spaces, campus roads and car parking, external road upgrades and connections, utilities connections, and other site infrastructure.