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Hornsby hospital well on track

Date: 
Mon, 05/12/2011
Spokesperson: 
Minister for Health, Minister for Medical Research, The Hon Jillian Skinner MP

  

The Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital redevelopment today reached an important milestone with the public release of concept plans for the first stage of works.


The plans were developed after consultation with management, clinical, surgical, nursing and allied health staff, plus the Northern Sydney Local Health District, Health Infrastructure, and several project architects and design consultants.


A number of alternatives were assessed during a workshop last month, before participants unanimously agreed on an option for the first stage of redevelopment.


Under the plans, a new four-storey building will be constructed along the Burdett Street border of the hospital campus. It will include an undercroft which is likely to house a mortuary and pathology centre.


The proposal also includes:
 Eight operating theatres;
 A sterilising services department;
 Three 28-bed in-patient surgical units;
 High volume short stay models of care;
 Increased capacity for isolation of patients;
 Surge capacity for medical beds (Lumby Building).


The Minister for Health, Jillian Skinner, was joined by clinical staff, representatives from the Northern Sydney Local Health District and Health Infrastructure at the hospital today to inspect the latest plans, which show the layout of the major redevelopment.


I am delighted with the progress that has been made on this long overdue redevelopment,” Mrs Skinner said.


The NSW Government has committed $50 million towards the project, with $500,000 allocated in this year’s budget to allow planning to progress,” she said.


We’re getting on with the job of delivering on a key election promise for Hornsby hospital and I look forward to standing here within 18 months with clinicians, Hornsby MP Matt Kean, to turn the first sod.


The community should know that there’s a lot of important planning work going on behind the scenes and before too long the public will be able to have its say on the plans when the project goes on public display in the first half of next year,” Mrs Skinner said.


The clinical services priorities, which have been developed by the Local Health District, have formed the basis of the option chosen to progress and that’s what we have here today.”


Mr Kean said it was important to work together to get the foundations right.


Planning is a critical stage for any redevelopment and it’s vital to incorporate the views of our clinicians and our community from the outset,” Mr Kean said.


This is really exciting for Hornsby and I’m pleased to mark this key planning milestone for the hospital’s future,” he said.


Our hospital was neglected and run down by Labor for many years.
  

I am working closely with the Health Minister, clinicians and Health Infrastructure to deliver our election commitment and deliver the Hornsby community the hospital it deserves.”


Media: Kate Benson 0467 735 357