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  • Sod Turned For New $50 Million Liverpool Hospital Car Park

    Construction of a $50 million multi-storey car park for the new Liverpool Hospital has begun, promising families improved access to healthcare in south-western Sydney.

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard today joined Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons to turn the sod on the new building, which will have an additional 500 parking spaces.

    “Over the next decade, south-western Sydney is projected to have nearly double the current number of elderly people, and households with children,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “Families and the elderly, as well as staff, will want and need to park close to the redeveloped hospital, which will contain expanded and additional clinical services.”

    Funding for the new seven storey car park is in addition to the $740 million Liverpool Hospital redevelopment. The car park was recently granted planning approval, along with a sky-bridge over Campbell Road; an eight-storey building housing women’s and paediatric services; and a new cancer treatment centre – all part of the planned Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

    Ms Gibbons said construction of the onsite, multi-storey car park is expected to support around 200 jobs, while the entire precinct project will support 3,000 jobs.

    “There are so many people out of work as a result of the COVID-19 recession, which is why projects like this are vital for both the economy and health,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “No other government in the history of this State, or indeed the country, has invested in health infrastructure to the extent the Liberals-Nationals Government has, ensuring more jobs and better services.”

    Since 2011, more than 150 health projects have been completed with more than 100 more projects underway, including the new Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

    Some of the expanded and new services to be included at Liverpool Hospital are:

    • an additional 200 inpatient beds
    • doubling of chemotherapy treatment spaces
    • a Cancer Centre of Excellence
    • expanded and refurbished emergency department
    • expanded Neonatal Intersive Care Unit (NICU)
    • new maternity and paediatric inpatient beds.

    ADCO Constructions Pty Ltd has been awarded the contract for the new car park, which will also incorporate solar panels to improve the hospital’s sustainability.

  • Sutherland Hospital To Receive $7 Million MRI

    Patients in the Sutherland Shire will now be able to access MRI services closer to home thanks to the NSW Government’s $3 billion Jobs and Infrastructure Acceleration Fund.

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard said $7 million has been made available to purchase the new medical technology for Sutherland Hospital which will accommodate the cost of patient scans.

    “Each year, around 800 inpatients at Sutherland Hospital need MRI services and have to be transferred to St George Hospital or referred to private providers for scans,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “Thanks to the efforts of Mark Speakman, Eleni Petinos, Lee Evans and Melanie Gibbons, patients will soon be able to access onsite MRI services, ensuring less travel and faster care.”

    Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman has welcomed the news saying the investment is in addition to the $81.5 million to redevelop Sutherland Hospital’s Operating Theatre Complex.

    “Residents of the Shire have been calling out for an MRI machine so this is a great outcome for patients, carers and staff and the next step is to get a MRI licence,” Mr Speakman said.

    The Federal Government is responsible for licensing of the MRI and if a full licence is granted, it will attract a Medicare rebate on all MRI services listed on the Medicare Benefit Schedule.

    Member for Miranda, Eleni Petinos said a new MRI in addition to the Hospital’s new Operating Theatre Complex will support the health needs of patients in the Shire well into the future.

    “More than 5,000 Shire residents signed a petition seeking this MRI machine and the support has paid off. Both projects are expected within this term of Government,” Ms Petinos said.

    Member for Heathcote Lee Evans and Holsworthy MP, Melanie Gibbons also welcomed news of the onsite MRI, saying it can help reduce the length of time patients are in hospital.

    The theatre upgrade will provide more operating and procedures rooms, surgical short stay and recovery spaces, more staff amenities and a Central Sterilising Services Department. 

    For more details on the Sutherland Hospital Redevelopment click here

  • Planning Application Lodged For $790 Million Liverpool Hospital Redevelopment

    A key milestone of the $790 million redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital has been reached, with planning applications lodged and new designs of the hospital unveiled, taking us one step closer towards redeveloping Liverpool Hospital into an international hub of medical excellence, research and education

    Minister for Health Brad Hazzard welcomed the launch of the designs, acknowledging the extensive consultation that has helped shape the project.

    “The latest designs and planning lodgement follow a comprehensive process of planning and consultation involving Health Infrastructure, South Western Sydney Local Health District, hospital staff, local medical and emergency personnel, community groups and patients.”

    The lodgement of the planning applications for the $740 million hospital upgrade and expansion – known as the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct,  as well as the new $50 million car park, was a major achievement in delivering the project for the communities of South Western Sydney.

    Melanie Gibbons, State Member for Holsworthy, also announced Multiplex as the successful tenderer for the next stage of early works, working alongside stage one early works contractors Roberts Pizzarotti.

    “Stage two early work is set to commence within weeks, with construction work and refurbishment happening on site. It will be great to see more construction taking place and contributing to our local economy and to a better facility for our area and our healthcare workers. ” Ms Gibbons said.

    This early construction will enable hospital operations to continue and allows major construction to take place once planning is approved, and includes reconfiguration of existing car parks, a new kitchen facility, retail spaces, a new mortuary, helipad upgrades and construction of a temporary education facility.

    The new flythrough and images can be viewed here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Ll6eGaXAMuLlWkhYurz8lydLNDTNqV-J

  • NSW Patient Experience Program Coming to Liverpool Hospital

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, announced that patients at hospital emergency departments and COVID-19 Clinics in Liverpool will soon benefit from an $8.6 million expansion of the NSW Government’s Patient Experience Program, which is the first of its kind in Australia.

    An additional 86 full time equivalent staff will be recruited to 50 hospitals across NSW, with facilities operating COVID-19 clinics a priority, including 2 at Liverpool Hospital.

    “This program will help to create a better customer experience for everyone who needs to use our emergency departments.

    “Patient Experience Officers will greet patients on arrival and help to guide them through their care, providing information on where to go, what to expect, and updates on appointment queues.

     “Patient Experience Program staff receive specific training from the NSW Ministry of Health Patient Experience Team, Service NSW, and their Local Health District, to ensure they are well qualified to provide this extra support to patients, carers and visitors.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said the recruitment of new positions is already underway, and there has been overwhelming interest to participate in this exciting program.

    “This program has already been immensely valuable at the pilot sites, and extending this extra support across NSW is very timely as we continue to combat COVID-19,” Mr Hazzard said.

    As part of the program patients receive:

    • access to free Wi-Fi, mobile phone charging stations, additional power points, water and other refreshments
    • information sent to their mobile device about what to expect during their stay
    • fact sheets on their particular condition/ treatment options
    • ongoing care instructions after discharge, available in multiple languages.

     

    Advice in multiple languages will also be given on safety, hygiene and COVID-19 symptoms.

    The funding boost to the Patient Experience Program is part of the NSW Government’s $800 million investment to support the health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For more information visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Performance/Pages/experience.aspx