Ball rolling on Barossa hospital third feasibility study

Rebecca Graham appointed Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network chief executive officer.

Rebecca Graham appointed Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network chief executive officer.

Two of the state's political offices and a health network have each confirmed in the past week they are "committed" to developing a business case for a Barossa hospital.

Health Minister Stephen Wade, Schubert MP's office and the newly formed Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network (LHN) have each responded to Barossa Herald in writing of their actions.

The Health Minister's office shared how the first stage of the business case is to develop a service plan for the Barossa region.

'It will build on the service planning done with health services, communities and clinicians in recent years,' an email confirmed.

'The service plan will describe the types and volumes of services to be provided. This service plan will be translated into a working document quantifying physical, staffing and system implications, together with key service relationships with other service providers and hospitals'.

'The second stage will be a business case which will consider details from a previous business case in 2011 and will examine a range of options for health services in the Barossa region.

'The second stage of the project will also include the development of a facilities master plan,' the email concluded.

A phone call to the Herald resulted in the Minister's office agreeing that the "ball is rolling on the business case", however, this could not be confirmed in writing.

The Barossa Hills Fleurieu LHN will lead the consultation on the service plan to start in the coming months.

In response, newly appointed Barossa Hills Fleurieu (LHN) CEO Rebecca Graham said, "We are committed to working with the community to develop the business case for a Barossa Hospital".

"As plans progress, the community will be involved in the consultation process to ensure any proposed services meet the needs of the region," she said.

Schubert MPs office added, 'We're not in a position to provide comment on the specifics of the work, as this is being conducted by the health department/minister..'

The MP's office is of the understanding the community will be involved in consultations which are set to begin in "coming months..".