Work has begun today on a $6 million upgrade to the Flinders Island heath care centre.
Health Minister Michelle O'Byrne, who visited the multi-purposes centre to inspect the site today, said the redevelopment will provide residents and patients with the highest standard of accommodation in a modern and comfortable environment.
"While we have major upgrades also underway at our larger hospitals in Launceston and Hobart, it is just as important to ensure that people on Flinders Island have access to a modern health facility that meets their needs," Ms O'Byrne said.
The new facility will include:
- A nine-bed residental aged care extension, all with ensuites
- A new separate GP and dental clinic
- A new undercover hospital main entry
- A new kitchen and laundry
- A refurbished allied health wing
- A refurbished resuscitation, treatment and acute care area
- New landscaping and site works
Work is expected to be completed by early next year.
The existing multi-purpose centre at Whitemark was built in 1959 and extended in 1995.