A massive milestone in the $60 million redevelopment of Inverell District Hospital has been reached, with the construction of the new state-of-the-art hospital building on Moore Street now complete.

Twenty months after the first sod was turned on the revolutionary project, tools are down and contractor Richard Crookes Construction has handed the new acute services building over to Hunter New England Local Health (HNEH).

Local Nationals MP Adam Marshall said it was a momentous occasion for the people of Inverell who, after years of campaigning, were only weeks away from being able to access health services from their brand new hospital.

Before services from the old hospital are moved across, the final operational commissioning tests for the new facility will be undertaken. HNEH has planned a staged transition into the new facility, to minimise disruptions to patients and services.

Over the next fortnight all acute services including Emergency, Medical Imaging, Renal Dialysis, Inpatient Unit, Maternity, Paediatrics, Day Surgery and an Operating Theatre, along with staff, will be relocated.

It’s expected the new hospital will be ready to open to the public on Monday, May 25, 2020.