NSW Health department officials have begun efforts to create some excitement around Concord Hospitals $341 redevelopment.
Two “community consultation sessions” were held earlier this month at the hospital, providing an opportunity for attendees to peruse the redevelopment masterplan and address questions to the project team.
Concord Hospital and Sydney Local Health District has been working with Health Infrastructure to progress detailed plans to construct a new clinical services building.
The hospital’s acting general manager, Dr Steevie Chan said early and enabling works are underway to prepare for the biggest upgrade of Concord Hospital in decades.
“It’s exciting to say the redevelopment is here,” Dr Chan said.
“As we welcome the project team, vacate buildings and relocate staff, we continue our consultations with patients, staff and community about how the new services will look.”
Joining the team onsite will be Kirsty Chapman, Deborah Jenkins and Carly Mcloughlin, who will work with executives, clinicians, patients, community and the Health Infrastructure team led by Project Director, Hayley
The redevelopment will provide additional inpatient capacity and outpatient services for the growing local community. It will include a new aged care, complex care and rehabilitation service including rehabilitation gyms, assessment and therapy areas; and a new comprehensive cancer care centre with improved access and dedicated drop-off zone for patients.
The enhancements will also deliver a new hospital logistics system along with new rehabilitation and ambulatory care services.
The masterplan also provides for the nation’s first Defence Force Centre of Excellence, continuing the hospital’s long and proud history of providing specialist services to veterans.
But the upgrades may still be several years off, with NSW Budget papers revealing anticipated completion of the project in 2023 and just $10 million allocated for 2017-18 for the project’s early phases.