Minister for Health and Minister for Medical Research Jillian Skinner and Kiama MP Gareth Ward recently visited Wollongong Hospital to witness its progress.
“Just six months ago, we stood atop of the new Wollongong Hospital building and it is incredible to see how much progress has been made on this development since then,” Mrs Skinner said.
“The scaffolding has come down, the crane has moved on and now what the community can see is their new hospital taking shape.
The new unit will deliver:
- 7 new operating theatres
- 14 stage 1 recovery beds
- 72 new surgical beds
- 6 additional intensive care unit/high dependency unit beds in a 24-bed unit
- 10 new emergency department beds
- a new ambulatory care facility, including 22 clinical spaces
- a new central sterilising department.
The ministers also met early career researchers at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI) to learn more about their translational research which should lead to better patient treatments and outcomes.
“The work being done here in the Illawarra is impressive and it’s wonderful to see the IHMRI is engaging the local community to assist with its research to learn more about their community for the benefit of patients well into the future,” Mrs Skinner said.
The ministers also learnt about the longitudinal birth cohort study, Illawarra Born, and met local mothers and babies involved in the research.