The project will see more than 700 acute beds including expanded and enhanced emergency department and intensive care units.
Construction has started on the $940 million redevelopment of Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (RPA), which will deliver the biggest transformation in the hospital’s 140-year history.
NSW Premier Chris Minns, Health Minister Ryan Park and Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully joined health workers at the site this week for a traditional sod-turning event to mark the start of work.
The project will see more than 700 acute beds made available at the end of the project, including expanded and enhanced emergency department and intensive care units.
The hospital’s emergency department will expand from 42 treatment spaces to 91 treatment spaces, while the adult intensive care unit will increase from 49 beds to 74 beds.
Other features will include:
- State-of-the-art operating theatres;
- Expanded and improved adult and paediatric inpatient accommodation/beds;
- Increased interventional and imaging services;
- Enhanced maternity services and neonatal services with the Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Special Care Nurser increasing capacity by more than 30% from 34 beds to 45 beds;
- Improved signage and landscaping throughout the hospital campus, including a new open garden courtyard.
Clinical services will remain operational during construction, while staff and the community will continue to be updated as the project progresses.
Mr Minns said RPA was one of Australia’s leading hospitals, renowned for its excellence in providing innovative health care and education.
“It is exciting to see the redevelopment taking shape in the heart of Sydney not only for local inner west residents but for patients right across the state who may require the complex healthcare and cutting-edge services that RPA is renowned for,” he said.
Mr Park said the redevelopment was a “once-in-a-generation project” which would continue to deliver world-class healthcare facilities to our communities right across the state.
“This major investment will enhance access to vital health services including construction of a new 15-storey clinical services building, an expanded emergency department and ICU, more inpatient beds, as well as medical imaging, operating theatres and neonatal areas,” he said.
“I want to thank all the clinicians, staff and the community who have been engaged in the planning and design of the redevelopment every step of the way.”
Mr Scully said project would deliver the biggest transformation in the RPA’s 140-year history.
“It is an investment in our future to ensure the growing populations have access to the highest quality health care for years to come,” he said.
“The project will generate 1400 construction jobs and 900 additional health-related jobs when it’s complete.
“I am pleased it will be not only be able to provide high-quality health care it will also be able to give the local economy a boost in the process.”
For more information about the project see here.
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