Patients and staff to benefit from construction of new building
Sydney Local Health District’s Board members have returned to inspect the progress of Concord Hospital’s redevelopment, which is set to transform healthcare in the inner west.
It’s the first time members of the Board have toured the $341 million redevelopment project since the main works began in late 2019 to construct a new eight-storey Clinical Services Building.
The Acting Chair of the Board Victoria Weekes, and members Dr Thomas Karplus and David McLean were joined by the District’s Chief Executive Dr Teresa Anderson and the hospital’s Acting General Manager Kiel Harvey.
They viewed the dedicated patient drop-off zones for aged health and cancer services, the new concourse, oncology bays, staff stations and break-out spaces in the open courtyard in the new building.
“The internal design, scheme and layout is welcoming and comforting. The fit-outs, openness and functionality is going to be great,” Ms Weekes said.
“I’m so proud as a board member of the District. It is looking just fantastic and it will be great for the community and our patients,” she said, thanking the redevelopment project team for their work.
The District and Health Infrastructure are working in partnership to deliver the project with ongoing consultation with clinicians, staff, patients and the community throughout the redevelopment.
The hospital’s Acting General Manager Kiel Harvey also had his first view of the site since taking on his role earlier this month.
“The new Clinical Services Building will create state-of-the-art environments for our clinicians and researchers that will help translate research and drive innovation to deliver better patient care and a healthier community.
“This building will have spacious modern-day facilities for our staff and patients while maintaining the architectural features and design elements from other buildings across the hospital’s campus,” he said.
The building will have more than 200 inpatient beds, adding an additional 111 beds to the campus.
It’ll also boost the hospital’s capacity to deliver specialist aged health, rehabilitation, haematology and oncology services.
A comprehensive cancer centre will provide patients with a range of cancer treatments, including medical and radiation oncology.
A Centre for Rehabilitation and Aged Health will include ambulatory clinics, assessment and therapy areas, rehab gyms and psychogeriatric medicine.
And, the building will be home to Australia’s first National Centre for Veterans' Healthcare (NCVH) which supports the health and wellbeing of veterans’ and their families.
The NCVH is already providing multidisciplinary team care to meet the complex needs of the veteran community and is exploring new models of care. The new residential accommodation for veterans, Fussell House, is being used by veterans (and their nominated support persons/families) who are receiving care at the NCVH.
The redevelopment will also provide enhanced and better integrated clinical research areas, improved entry and access to the hospital with dedicated patient drop-off zones and a concourse to link the hospital’s multi-block with the new building.
A new loading dock will improve logistics and the demolition of the existing World War Two ramp wards will provide a future development zone.
Completion of the new building is expected later this year, with the construction of a new $32.4 million multistorey car park to then begin.