An artist's impression of what the entrance of the new Roma Hospital will look like when it opens later this year.
An artist's impression of what the entrance of the new Roma Hospital will look like when it opens later this year.

How the COVID-19 outbreak impacts new Roma Hospital

FOR more than a year, the new $112.6 million Roma Hospital has emerged from the constant hive of construction work and crane activity.

Due to be completed sometime after June 2020, the new medical facility will host 22 beds and two birth suites, a new emergency department and allied health treatment areas.

As the economic shockwave of the COVID-19 outbreak continues to disrupt almost every industry, South West Health and Hospital Services is adamant they are still on track.

“Construction work on the new $112.6 million Roma Hospital is on track,” a SWHHS spokesman said.

“We are working closely with Watpac Construction to manage any risks associated with coronavirus.

“The hospital build is expected to be completed during the second half of the year.”

While no date has yet been set for the official opening, the new hospital is a key part of the SWHHS’s vision to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of the community.

The last major hospital upgrade was the opening of the surgical building in 1987, and while essential rectification work has taken place in the last five years, the ageing infrastructure was found to be incompatible with contemporary models of service delivery.