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  • $790 Million Liverpool Hospital Transformation Begins

    South-western Sydney communities can look forward to accessing more first class health services close to home, with construction beginning on a six-storey hospital tower as part of the $790 million Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

    Premier Dominic Perrottet said the new hospital would deliver enhanced health facilities and will include an integrated cancer centre, a larger emergency department, intensive care unit and more theatres.

    “The $790 million health and academic precinct the NSW Government is building here at Liverpool is one of the largest hospital redevelopments across the state – and will transform healthcare services in this rapidly growing part of Sydney,” Mr Perrottet said.

    “We have the best health system in the nation and we are ensuring that no matter where you live in our State you have access to the best healthcare facilities.”

    The new hospital will also include a larger neonatal intensive care unit and six new inpatient units including paediatric, maternity and women’s health services – all designed to cater to the area’s growing population. A new multi-storey car park, which is nearing completion, will also provide an additional 500 spaces across the campus.

    Minister for Health Brad Hazzard and Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons today turned the sod on the site of the new hospital tower and toured the project’s ‘Buraga Gul’ skilling and employment hub which will help drive education and jobs throughout construction and beyond.

    Mr Hazzard said the new precinct in the heart of Liverpool would be an attractive drawcard for clinicians, specialists, researchers and educators locally and worldwide, which would boost the community and deliver better long term health outcomes.

    “The NSW Government is investing an unprecedented $790 million into south-western Sydney to meet the community’s healthcare needs and also provide employment opportunities for our future generations of nurses, doctors, researchers and educators,” Mr Hazzard said.

    Project builder Lendlease has opened a new skilling and employment hub next to the hospital construction site to create more education and employment opportunities for south-western Sydney communities and boost the local workforce.

    Minister for Skills and Training Alister Henskens said the establishment of the skills and employment hub is one of the key components of the project.

    “Working in partnership with NSW Health, TAFE NSW and Liverpool City Council, the hub will offer construction pre-employment programs and Aboriginal employment initiatives to support people of all ages to acquire new skills for construction and health-related roles,” Mr Henskens said.

    Ms Gibbons said the NSW Government is catering to the needs of the local community now and into the future, with close to 1.3 million people expected to call south-western Sydney home by 2031.

    “This significant redevelopment will ensure both the long-term health and economic wellbeing of local communities here in south-western Sydney,” Ms Gibbons said.

    “With around 850 construction jobs to be supported throughout the redevelopment and the potential for thousands more jobs over the project’s life, the on-site skills and employment hub will help attract, retain and upskill local workers in yet another fantastic win for our community.”

    The new precinct forms part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to 2024-2025.

    Since 2011, the NSW Government has delivered more than 170 hospitals and health facilities across the state, with more than 110 currently underway.

    Learn more about the $790 million redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital at www.lhap.health.nsw.gov.au

  • New Liverpool Hospital Car Park Façade Designs Unveiled

    A striking design inspired by the petals of Gandangara flowers and the rich Aboriginal history of the region will feature on the façade of Liverpool Hospital’s new $50 million multi-storey car park and is the largest scale artwork commissioned by NSW Health.

    Developed by artist Bibi Barba, in collaboration with Aboriginal Elders, services and community members, the design celebrates the local region’s environmental and cultural diversity through shape and colour on a mass scale.

    State Member for Holsworthy, Melanie Gibbons MP, said the story, its significance and visual appeal of the car park façade design would give the hospital site a distinctive identity and had been embraced by local schools and hospital staff.

    “The feedback from those consulted during the design process has been overwhelmingly positive and appreciated that this prominent feature of the hospital campus was considered.” Ms Gibbons said.

    Bibi Barba was raised in Liverpool and is recognised as an international first nations artist. Inspired by her grandmother’s storytelling and her love of the land, Bibi’s artwork reflects a sense of vivid storytelling, melding traditional Indigenous design with contemporary style and innovative colour combinations.

    “I’m so proud to have been involved in such a significant local project and to have worked together with community to champion an authentic Aboriginal design, inspired by our rich history in the area,” Ms Barba said.

    “While contemporary, the design has a strong connection to country, celebrating the flower petals of the region, which were collected for cultural knowledge and wellbeing,” she said.

    Liverpool Hospital General Manager, Karen McMenamin said that engagement with Aboriginal and culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities was a key component of embedding arts and culture in successful projects, especially in the diverse south western Sydney community.

    “The arts play an important role in our hospitals, and we are working together with staff and communities to create a hospital environment that will aid recovery and provide welcoming, safe and connected spaces for all who visit – from the moment they arrive on campus,” Ms McMenamin said.

    The artwork on the façade of the new seven-storey car park is part of a broader arts and culture strategy for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct. Other initiatives are planned to be incorporated into the redevelopment of Liverpool Hospital to help enhance the patient, visitor and staff experience.

    The new car park is due for completion in mid 2022, with installation of the facade artwork to follow. The NSW Government has committed $790 million for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct, including the new $50 million car park.

    Artist impressions of the Liverpool Hospital car park design can be found here

  • $88.5 Million Sutherland Hospital Surgery Complex Underway

    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
    Hospital upgrade.

    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.

  • $790 Million Liverpool Hospital Gets Underway

    One of the state’s largest hospital projects will begin within weeks, with the main works contractor appointed for the $790 million Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

    Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced the awarding of the principal contract to Lendlease, following a competitive tender process.

    “The Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct will deliver a world-class medical, research and education hub in the rapidly growing south-western Sydney region,” Mr Hazzard said.

    “The redevelopment will be a real boost for communities throughout the region, bringing greatly enhanced healthcare services closer to home.”

    The redeveloped hospital will provide a total of 900 beds, an expanded emergency department, new maternity and paediatric inpatient beds and double the capacity within the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

    Another key feature will be a new, expanded Integrated Cancer Centre which will almost double the chemotherapy treatment spaces.

    Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons said the redevelopment would boost the local economy and meet the south-western Sydney’s community’s growing healthcare needs now and into the future.

    “The start of major works at this new world-class precinct will support thousands of jobs during the construction phases and beyond, which will be greatly welcomed as we recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Construction of a $50 million multi-storey car park for the Liverpool Hospital is already underway, with work being carried out by ADCO Constructions.

    The precinct is part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to 2024-2025.

    Over $5.5 billion in health capital works are underway in  Western and South Western Sydney including:

    • $790 million for the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct
    • $1.3 billion for a new Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital
    • $832 million Westmead Hospital redevelopment
    • $65 million Commonwealth Government funded adult Cystic Fibrosis Specialist Services Unit at Westmead. 
    • $619 million Children’s Hospital at Westmead Stage 2
    • $632 million Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment Stage 2
    • $1 billion Nepean Hospital redevelopment
    • $300 million for a Rouse Hill Hospital.

    Work on Liverpool Hospital is expected to start in the coming weeks, to be completed by 2026.

    Artist impressions and a flythrough of the Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct can be viewed here: www.shorturl.at/lvzA3

  • 200,000 Bundles Of Joy Delivered

    Parents of more than 200,000 newborns across NSW have benefited from a Baby Bundle of essential items given to them on the birth of their child over the last two years. 

    Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons and Member for East Hills Wendy Lindsay announced the milestone while visiting Liverpool Hospital’s Maternity Unit today.

    Ms Berejiklian said the Baby Bubble is valued at more than $300 and is filled with baby products and information to support the health, development and well-being of babies in NSW.

    “Every baby born in NSW is eligible to receive a Baby Bundle, with more than 200,000 handed out since the initiative began in January 2019,” Ms Berejiklian said.

    “The Baby Bundle not only helps reduce some of the initial costs of having a baby, it also provides useful items to support new parents give their child the best start in life.”

    Ms Gibbons said this program supports new additions to a family and makes sure parents are receiving important information and supplies during what can be a happy but confusing time.

    “My kids are a little older now but I know how much I would have benefited from a baby bundle and I am sure all the new parents will feel the same,” Ms Gibbons said.

    Mrs Lindsay said that all children are precious and a baby brings a new dimension to families.

    “The baby bundle is full of helpful goodies for your new bundle of joy and to help families celebrate their new addition,” Mrs Lindsay said.

    The Baby Bundle includes a number of items including a sleeping bag, play and change mats, muslin wrap, bath thermometer and a first aid kit, along with a selection of NSW Health printed resources that complement the Blue Book.

    Parents receive the Baby Bundle before being discharged from hospital, or, after registering their child with NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages.

    The Baby Bundle is part of the NSW Government’s $157 million parenting package, including more midwives and family health nurses, investment in testing and treatments for children’s diseases, and practical and emotional support to parents. 

    For more information about the Baby Bundle go to: https://bit.ly/39wSRlw

  • 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