Car park con­struc­tion un­der­way

Monthly Chronicle - - Local Politics - MATT KEAN, MEM­BER FOR HORNSBY & MIN­IS­TER FOR IN­NO­VA­TION & BET­TER REG­U­LA­TION

For a long time the park­ing at Hornsby Hospi­tal has been in­ad­e­quate. Staff, pa­tients and vis­i­tors of­ten re­sort to park­ing in lo­cal streets. I am pleased to say con­struc­tion of the multi-storey car park be­gun late last year and once com­pleted, res­i­dents who live around the hospi­tal will get their streets back.

The $19.8 mil­lion project will give the hospi­tal 520 car spa­ces for staff, pa­tients and vis­i­tors to park eas­ily on the grounds of the hospi­tal. This will re­move hun­dreds of cars from sur­round­ing streets.

I made it my num­ber one pri­or­ity once elected that I would make our Hospi­tal bet­ter for the peo­ple of Hornsby. We no longer want pos­sums run­ning through oper­at­ing the­atres. The peo­ple of Hornsby de­serve a hospi­tal which is state-of-the-art and which ser­vices the com­mu­nity not just now, but well into the fu­ture.

Once com­pleted the car park will be five lev­els of park­ing, which will pro­vide am­ple spa­ces for those vis­it­ing and staff work­ing at the hospi­tal. To be able to park in the hospi­tal grounds is vi­tally im­por­tant, par­tic­u­larly for pa­tients need­ing to visit for ap­point­ments.

The NSW State Govern­ment has pledged $200 mil­lion for the Stage 2 redevelopment ex­pected to be­gin this year. This redevelopment will im­prove the over­all ser­vices avail­able at the Hospi­tal, and pro­vide fur­ther sup­port for pae­di­atric and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices on site.

The redevelopment will in­clude a new Pae­di­atrics In­pa­tient unit, a new Emer­gency Depart­ment and a five-storey Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Build­ing. The Clin­i­cal Ser­vices Build­ing will ac­com­mo­date a Med­i­cal As­sess­ment Unit, Com­bined In­ten­sive Care and High De­pen­dency Unit, Coro­nary Care Unit co-lo­cated with a Car­diac Ser­vices depart­ment, Am­bu­la­tory Care Cen­tre, Tran­sit Unit, In­pa­tient Units, ad­min­is­tra­tive/teach­ing space and re­tail space.

The new clin­i­cal ser­vices build­ing will be a one-stop shop for a num­ber of med­i­cal ser­vices, mak­ing it eas­ier for pa­tients to at­tend mul­ti­ple ap­point­ments. The de­sign of the build­ing was made in con­sul­ta­tion with front­line staff who told us what they needed to give pa­tients the great­est level of care.

If you have vis­ited the Hospi­tal in the last year, you will have seen the $121 mil­lion STAR build­ing which was the Stage 1 redevelopment. The STAR build­ing which stands for Surgery, The­atres, Anaes­thet­ics and Re­cov­ery in­cludes eight new oper­at­ing the­atres, a cen­tral ster­il­is­ing ser­vice, sur­gi­cal in-pa­tient units, pathol­ogy ser­vices, kitchens and im­proved health in­for­ma­tion ser­vices.

Hornsby Hospi­tal had been ne­glected for many years and this State Govern­ment is en­sur­ing our com­mu­nity will have ac­cess to one of the best hos­pi­tals in NSW. The peo­ple of Hornsby need to be able to trust that their hospi­tal is able to look af­ter the com­mu­nity’s needs both now and in the years to come.

I am proud of what I have achieved for Hornsby Hospi­tal and look for­ward to see­ing our vi­sion come to life as con­struc­tion con­tin­ues this year.

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