Alexandra District Health has been investigating options and working through processes in relation to the old hospital building, which is currently vacant.
The old building is more than 50 years old. The fire system in the old building was decommissioned when Alexandra District Health Service moved into the new hospital. Unfortunately the existing fire services don’t meet current fire safety standards and the old hospital building is not safe for occupancy. We worked closely with the community groups that were occupying the old hospital site, to help them relocate to suitable premises.
Alexandra District Health has been operating from the new hospital premises at 12 Cooper Street, Alexandra since November 2011. The new hospital building more than adequately services the health needs of the community.
The old hospital has a Queens Caveat registered on the title, which requires the site to be used only as a hospital. Following the building of the new hospital, the old premises are no longer needed for the provision of health services. Therefore, the Board could not justify applying or diverting an enormous proportion of its funds allocated to health services, to repair a building that is not needed for the operation of a hospital – the only permitted purpose.
The Board has written to the Health Minister and advised its decision and we have received written confirmation of the commencement of the formal process in line with the Victorian Landholding and Policy Guidelines.
The property must be referred to Department of Treasury and Finance for reallocation within government or for sale.