Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard have officially opened two new surgical theatres at Concord Hospital as construction ramps up on the facility’s $341 million transformation.
Ms Berejiklian, Mr Hazzard, and Minister for Veterans and Member for Drummoyne John Sidoti, marked the completion of enabling works for the rebuild, which will deliver 100 additional beds and world-class cancer, aged care and rehabilitation services.
“Concord Hospital has served both the local community and the men and women of the defence force for decades, and we owe this institution a great debt of gratitude,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We are continuing this hospital’s proud legacy by funding its transformation into Australia’s first comprehensive care centre for Defence Force personnel and their families.
“Health services are also being massively boosted for the local community with the Government’s delivery of a new cancer centre, rehab and aged care facility, and enhanced ambulatory services.”
The 214-bed Clinical Services Building will boost the hospital campus capacity to more than 650 beds.
Mr Hazzard said a further $1.3 million has been invested into refurbishing two theatres, making them fully digitally integrated – allowing doctors to communicate between theatres.
“Concord Hospital’s excellent medical teams will save valuable time during emergency surgery with the significant upgrading of these two state-of-the-art theatres, further improving patient care,” Mr Hazzard said.
“This redevelopment is indeed a game-changer for patients in Sydney’s inner-west communities, with the new Rusty Priest Centre for Rehabilitation and Aged Care.”
Mr Sidoti said the Government was proud to be delivering Australia’s first National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare, recently opened in temporary premises at Concord Hospital. “This incredible, specialist centre is a one-stop-shop and continues Concord Hospital’s unique and proud history of supporting veterans,” Mr Sidoti said.
The NSW Government is spending a record $10.1 billion over four years to invest in the state’s health infrastructure.
The Concord Hospital’s new Clinical Services Building will include:
- The Rusty Priest Centre for Rehabilitation and Aged Care – including ambulatory care clinics, therapy areas and rehabilitation gyms;
- Australia’s first National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare to support the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families in an outpatient setting;
- A comprehensive Cancer Care Centre with additional capacity for day and inpatient cancer services; and
- A new atrium will link the new building to the existing hospital, providing direct access to operating theatres, radiology and emergency care.
Construction of a new $32.3 million multistorey car park will begin following the completion of the $341 million redevelopment.