Five-year redevelopment of children’s ward opens

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Wollongong Hospital’s new children’s ward comes courtesy of community funding.

NSW Health has partnered with i98FM Illawarra Convoy and the Illawarra Community Foundation to build a $4.3 million four-stage redevelopment of the children’s ward at Wollongong Hospital.

Opened yesterday, the project has been five years in the creation.

Started in 2018, the children’s ward upgrade project included the refurbishment of all patient rooms, the relocation of the hospital school, a new family room and ward playroom, new procedure room and clinical skills area, a new medical day unit and the creation of two close observation rooms. 

The ward now also houses a new paediatric assessment area and outpatient rooms, which will enable the hospital to double its capacity to deliver multi-disciplinary clinics.

The Illawarra Convoy is an annual fundraising event involving trucks and motorbikes run and a family fun day, since 2005. It has raised a total of $22.3 million for community projects over the years. This year’s event will be held on Sunday 19 November.

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