Campbelltown Hospital pathology department opens
Health Minister Jillian Skinner toured the centrepiece of the hospital’s $134 million redevelopment on what she described as “an exciting day for the staff of this great hospital”.
The new, fully-equipped pathology laboratory at Campbelltown Hospital is almost double the size of the previous laboratory. Minister Skinner said the upgrade has come at the ideal time, as the number of clinical chemistry and haematology tests performed have almost doubled since 2010.
“Eighteen months ago we turned the first sod of earth to commence construction on this six-storey Acute Services Building and here we are today: meeting the first staff to work in this wonderful facility”, Minister Skinner said.
The Hospital will accommodate expanded pathology services, with the number of blood collection rooms set to double on completion of the Acute Services Building.
The Acute Services Building is on track for completion in December, with the first patients to be admitted early next year. The refurbishment of the Acute Services Building will complete the hospital’s $134 million, Stage 1 redevelopment – which is on track for completion in late 2015.
At the completion of the Stage 1 redevelopment, Campbelltown Hospital will include:
- 90 new inpatient beds and capacity for a further 30.
- Reconfigured and expanded emergency department, including 11 new emergency places.
- Refurbished and reconfigured maternity department, including four birthing rooms (three new and one refurbished).
- 2 combined interventional cardiology catheterisation labs.
- Co-located and expanded floor to include ambulatory care, outpatients, antenatal and allied health services.
- Relocated & expanded pathology and clinical information departments.
- Expanded loading dock area.
- Enlarged paediatric out-patients area.
- Expanded and relocated support services.
“In coming months all other departments will follow, realising a long-held dream for clinicians, staff and the people of Campbelltown”, Minister Skinner said.