The new clinical tower is part of the Gosford Hospital redevelopment and features:
- a new Special Care Nursery, with more newborn cots and pull-out beds for parents and carers.
- a new Intensive Care Unit with glass screens instead of curtains.
- a new MRI machine to diagnose stroke, cancer, infection and joint abnormalities.
Each unit has single or double rooms with an ensuite and a lounge for patients and relatives.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the redevelopment is delivering next-generation, first-class health care to the Central Coast.
“The technological advancements in the new 11-storey tower block are incredible, including – for the first time – a nuclear medicine service which will greatly improve diagnoses for a range of conditions and speed up scans for emergency patients,” Ms Berejiklian said.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said clinicians and the community contributed to the innovative design.
“The new tower has been designed with patients in mind, with privacy and comfort front and centre,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The Intensive Care Unit has the largest windows of any public hospital in the state, and a courtyard with oxygen and gas fittings means some of our sickest patients can be outside.”
The redevelopment is due to be complete by 2019. It also includes a new car park and refurbished spaces for allied health, cancer day unit, emergency short stay unit and cardiovascular services.