Friday 11 March 2022
The $470 million new Maitland Hospital was officially opened today after welcoming its first patients in January this year, bringing new and improved healthcare services to the Maitland region and its surrounds.
With capacity to offer up to 75 per cent more beds and treatment spaces, the hospital will meet the healthcare needs of communities in Maitland and the Hunter Valley now and well into the future.
For the first time, cancer treatments including chemotherapy and immune therapies are available in the area with the inclusion of a dedicated 12 chair oncology treatment centre.
The new hospital also features a sensory modulation room for mental health patients, purpose-designed to provide stimulation through the senses of touch, sight and hearing to help patients regulate their emotions – and a first of its kind for a NSW hospital.
Local communities will also benefit from enhanced health services such as surgery, maternity and paediatric care, along with renal dialysis, oral health services and outpatient clinics.
The hospital has also been designed with environmental sustainability in mind. It includes a recycling program and solar panels which have already saved nearly 150,000 kilograms in CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of planting nearly 4,500 trees.
Almost 5,000 new jobs were created as part of the hospital development, supported through the Maitland Connectivity Centre. The Centre, run by Multiplex Constructions in partnership with the NSW Government, offered free training and job placement services throughout the project.
The new hospital also features one of the largest scale paintings commissioned by NSW Health in the hospital’s foyer. The artwork was created by leading artist Peter Poulet and has been inspired by stories from Maitland locals about the region, the river and the old Maitland Hospital.
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