Hospital upgrade on way
Baird announces $550m spend including expansion of emergency department
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