No date set for construction of Waterford Hospital

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But planning well underway, Department of Health says

The province has spent only $800,000 of the roughly $15 million allocated so far for a new psychiatric facility in St. John’s to replace the Waterford Hospital.

Plans for a new hospital were first announced in 2011 and there’s still no projected date for construction to begin.

This year’s budget committed $10 million to the planning and design. In budgets previous, government allocated $5.2 million.

Unspent funds are still earmarked for the project, a Department of Health spokeswoman said Friday by email.

 The next steps include geotechnical and a hazardous materials assessment on the existing hospital, which would eventually be demolished.

A project manager was hired last fall. The spokeswoman said this week, Stantec, the consulting firm developing the master plan, held a series of planning sessions with Waterford staff.

Stantec got the $545,000 contract in February to devise a plan for adult mental health services, identify emerging demographics, program and service delivery trends; identify departments, locations, traffic patterns and exterior space; as well as lay out a hospital development phase plan, schedule and cost estimates.

According to Statistics Canada, institutional construction costs rose 3.5 per cent between 2011 and 2013.

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Organizations: Department of Health, Waterford Hospital, Statistics Canada

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  • julie huntington
    April 12, 2014 - 16:41

    Thank goodness this is underway. To ensure that this remains a 'patient centered' project more 'experts by experience' need to be involved. They need to meet with the experts by training. We must always remember this and ensure it becomes policy. This is a humans rights issue and if this project is to be patient centered we must continue this work with wisdom and compassion.