The Sutherland Shire community will soon benefit from state-of-the-art operating theatres and MRI services close to home, with construction starting on the $88.5 million Sutherland
Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Sutherland Shire MPs Mark Speakman, Eleni Petinos, Lee Evans and Melanie Gibbons joined health workers today to celebrate the milestone with a traditional sod turn.
The new and refurbished Sutherland Hospital Operating Theatre Complex will increase the number of operating and procedures rooms from six to ten and include a new surgical short
stay unit, a new MRI suite and new central sterilising services.
Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman said it was the beginning of a new chapter for Sutherland Hospital and its staff after more than 63 years of caring for the local community.
“We are excited to officially mark the start of construction for the Operating Theatre Complex, which will deliver another major improvement to local healthcare services for the people of
the Sutherland Shire,” Mr Speakman said.
Member for Miranda Eleni Petinos said the redevelopment will also be a huge boost to the local economy.
“The $88.5 million project will support some 100 direct jobs, with the potential to support hundreds of indirect jobs over the life of the project,” Ms Petinos said.
Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said the NSW Government’s additional $7 million for a MRI facility will bring make life a lot easier for patients.
“The world-class MRI facility brings this vital service to the local community, reducing the need to transfer patients.”
Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said staff and the local community have been heavily involved in the planning process.
“The project team has had over 50 consultation sessions with clinicians, staff, patients and community members to ensure the new services meet local health needs,” Ms Gibbons said.
Mr Hazzard said the investment builds on the NSW Government’s $62.9 million for the Sutherland Hospital Redevelopment, which opened on December 2017 and delivered an expanded Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit as well as additional general medical and surgical beds.
“Sutherland Hospital will have a first-class Operating Theatre Complex that will significantly improve the patient experience and cater to a growing population well into the future,” Mr Hazzard said.
The MRI facility is scheduled to be open to patients in 2023, and construction on the Operating Theatre Complex is scheduled for completion in 2024.