Western Sydney communities will benefit from a new neonatal intensive care unit, expanded emergency department and 200-plus inpatient beds under the $1 billion Nepean Hospital redevelopment, with construction of the first hospital tower now complete.
Premier Dominic Perrottet, Minister for Health Brad Hazzard, Member for Penrith and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres today toured the new 14-storey clinical services building, now Penrith’s tallest landmark, which will open in stages from mid-2022.
“This major redevelopment of Nepean Hospital will transform services in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains providing the best healthcare in the nation for our people now and into the future,” Mr Perrottet said.
“Our record investments in our health system also ensure our frontline workers have access to world class facilities and services to provide that care.”
Mr Hazzard said the 100 metre high tower is one of the tallest hospital buildings in Australia and includes an expanded emergency department, 18 birthing suites, a neo-natal intensive care unit, 17 new operating theatres, more than 200 additional beds and a helipad.
“The NSW Government is delivering a major expansion and upgrade of health services at Nepean Hospital to meet the healthcare needs of the Western Sydney and Blue Mountains communities for decades to come,” Mr Hazzard said.
“This Nepean Hospital redevelopment is one of more than 170 health capital works projects the NSW Government has delivered since 2011, with a further 110 projects underway.”
With construction of the clinical services building under Stage 1 of the redevelopment now complete, operational commissioning is underway before the building opens to patients and staff.
Mr Ayres said the Nepean Hospital redevelopment was a massive boost for the greater Penrith community. It would significantly improve the healthcare environment for patients, carers and the highly regarded medical and support staff.
“This once in a generation investment in our local hospital will not only deliver enhanced health services today but will also provide the capacity to grow as our community grows,” Mr Ayres said.
“Beyond the substantial healthcare benefits it’s also been a huge win for our local economy. More than 3,700 contractors and subcontractors worked on Stage 1 of the Nepean redevelopment during its construction phase, with almost three quarters of the on-site workforce from Western Sydney.
“We expect thousands more jobs will be on offer during construction of the $450 million Stage 2 development, which is set to begin this year.”
Nepean Redevelopment Stage 2 will include a new adult intensive care unit, in-centre renal dialysis unit, medical imaging and nuclear medicine services, cardiology services, more beds, community health services and a front of house for the hospital.
As part of the NSW Government’s Stage 2 fast-track funding announcement in October 2020, cardiology services and an additional in-patient floor have been incorporated into the Stage 1 tower and will also be opening this year.
Watch the artist’s impression fly-through video of Stages 1 and 2 of the Nepean Redevelopment.
The project is part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure over the coming four years.