Friday 26 March 2022
Concord Hospital’s eight-storey Clinical Services Building has been officially opened, transforming patient care in Sydney’s inner west.
Concord Hospital is the first NSW Health project to pilot a Monday to Friday working week to improve wellbeing within the construction workforce as part of the NSW Government’s Action Plan: 10-point commitment to the construction industry. Over 700 people have been employed by the builder Roberts Co during the construction of the new building.
The $341 million investment in Concord Hospital provides a new home for the nation’s first dedicated veterans’ health service, a comprehensive cancer centre and the hospital’s extensive aged health and rehabilitation services.
Named after veteran and former NSW RSL President, Godfrey "Rusty" Priest who was known for his dedication and contribution to veterans' welfare, the Rusty Priest Building adds a new chapter in Concord Hospital’s 80-year history of supporting veterans and their families.
After launching a pilot service in 2019, the National Centre for Veterans’ Healthcare will have a purpose-built location to provide comprehensive mental and physical health services to veterans’ from across Australia.
More than 230 veterans have been referred to the service and received integrated care from the specialists at Concord Hospital.
Stage 1 of the Concord Hospital redevelopment was delivered ahead of schedule to provide dedicated care for patients with COVID-19.
Two-thirds of inpatient beds in the new building at Concord Hospital are in single rooms, providing more space to isolate and care for patients with COVID-19. The modern design of the wards allows for optimal line of sight to patients and additional space for staff to have breaks and shower after their shift.
In addition to the $341 million redevelopment, the NSW Government is investing $32.4 million in parking facilities which includes a multistorey car park, of which, works will begin in mid 2022.
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