PLANS for a major expansion of the Vega Baja Hospital in Orihuela have been approved by the Valencian Government, but no timescale for the work has been declared. The 25 million euro project will take three years to complete, but no start date has been given by the regional administration, let alone publishing a tender for the work and awarding the contract. The 25 million investment would be spread over a 38 month period, and it is highly unlikely that any work on the site would start this year. Details of the project have now been sent by the Valencian health department to Orihuela council, along with requests for a municipal construction licence and environmental licence.
The Valencian authority said that it wanted to create the best possible facilities for patients in the area, and would add an extra 13 thousand square metres to the current hospital area of 34 thousand square metres. Several buildings would be constructed including a new outpatient department; a new area for endoscopy consultations; a day hospital; and a haemodialysis unit. An added extra to the plans includes centralising all of the Vega Baja Hospital’s power generators in the light of the power cuts caused by last September ́s bad weather. A new and expanded car park also features in the project, as well as improving general accessibility for all patients entering and leaving the various departments on the site.