Hos­pi­tal up­grade on way

Baird an­nounces $550m spend in­clud­ing ex­pan­sion of emer­gency depart­ment

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Is­abell Petrinic

OVER­WORKED Ne­pean Hos­pi­tal is fi­nally get­ting a makeover af­ter Pre­mier Mike Baird an­nounced $550 mil­lion would be pumped into a re­build to bring it up to scratch.

The stage 4 fund­ing will see the hos­pi­tal get more than 200 new overnight beds, with work to be­gin im­me­di­ately on up­grad­ing and ex­pand­ing the emer­gency depart­ment.

The fund­ing, an­nounced on Mon­day, will also see a pae­di­atric as­sess­ment and treat­ment area added to the emer­gency depart­ment, along with a safe as­sess­ment room and up­graded CCTV and duress sys­tems.

Health Min­is­ter Jil­lian Skin­ner and Mr Baird an­nounced the fund­ing at a press con­fer­ence at the hos­pi­tal.

“What is as­sured is that we will be de­liv­er­ing a world-class hos­pi­tal right here in Ne­pean that will con­tinue to serve the catch­ment across west­ern Syd­ney,” Mr Baird said while ac­knowl­edg­ing it had been “a long-fought cam­paign”.

Mr Baird said: “To get it right, you have to take the time to do the plan­ning. You have to en­gage more broadly with clin­i­cians, doc­tors, and staff and we’ll be do­ing that in com­ing weeks.”

It is be­lieved a pre­lim­i­nary busi­ness case, drawn up by Health In­fra­struc­ture, has been pre­sented to Trea­sury for ap­proval.

The work at Ne­pean in­cludes a new rooftop he­li­pad, $26 mil­lion carpark, and at least 12 new op­er­at­ing the­atres.

Mrs Skin­ner said there was “ca­pac­ity for ad­di­tional surgery im­me­di­ately”.

She and the Pre­mier joined lo­cal state Lib­eral MPs Stu­art Ayres and Tanya Davies for a tour of the hos­pi­tal be­fore mak­ing the fund­ing an­nounce­ment.

Dur­ing the an­nounce­ment, Mrs Skin­ner em­pha­sised the new in­vest­ment was on top of the $146 mil­lion up­grade of Ne­pean, “open these last three years”, which in­cluded a men­tal health fa­cil­ity and the state’s third-largest oral health unit. Mr Baird said the re­build would take into ac­count west­ern Syd­ney’s fu­ture growth.

An an­nounce­ment will be made on Thurs­day about a Mt Druitt Hos­pi­tal up­grade.

What is as­sured is that we will be de­liv­er­ing a world­class hos­pi­tal right here in Ne­pean Mike Baird

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