Construction has ramped up on the $341 million Concord Hospital rebuild in New South Wales.
Enabling works have been completed as part of the redevelopment, which will allow builders to deliver an additional 100 beds for cancer, aged care and rehabilitation services.
As part of the upgrade, a 214-bed Clinical Services Building will be built to boost the hospital campus capacity to more than 650 beds.
The new building will also include the Rusty Priest Centre for Rehabilitation and Aged Care, Australia’s first National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare, a Cancer Care Centre and a new atrium to link the building to the existing hospital.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said Concord Hospital has served the local community and the defence force for decades.
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“We are continuing this hospital’s proud legacy by funding its transformation into Australia’s first comprehensive care centre for Defence Force personnel and their families,” she said.
“Health services are also being massively boosted for the local community with the Government’s delivery of a new cancer centre, rehab and aged care facility, and enhanced ambulatory services.”
NSW Health Minister, Brad Hazzard, said a further $1.3 million has been invested into refurbishing two theatres, making them fully digitally integrated – allowing doctors to communicate between theatres.
“Concord Hospital’s excellent medical teams will save valuable time during emergency surgery with the significant upgrading of these two state-of-the-art theatres, further improving patient care,” Hazzard said.
“This redevelopment is indeed a game-changer for patients in Sydney’s inner-west communities, with the new Rusty Priest Centre for Rehabilitation and Aged Care.”
Veterans Minister, John Sidoti, said the NSW Government was proud to deliver the first national centre for veterans’ healthcare.
“This incredible, specialist centre is a one-stop-shop and continues Concord Hospital’s unique and proud history of supporting veterans,” he said.
Construction of a new $32.3 million multistorey car park will begin after the completion of the redevelopment.