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$780 million John Hunter Hospital Building unveiled


Thursday 27 May 2021

The schematic designs for the new Acute Services Building (ASB), the centerpiece of the $780 million John Hunter Health & Innovation Precinct, were unveiled this week. 

The seven-storey building is set to transform health care for the region, with a 60 per cent increase in Intensive Care Unit capacity and almost 50 per cent more theatres. 

The ASB will include: 

  • a new Emergency Department 

  • critical care services (adult and paediatric) 

  • operating theatres and interventional suites 

  • imaging services 

  • birthing suite and inpatient maternity unit 

  • neonatal intensive care and special care nursery 

  • retail, new hospital entrance canopy and improved drop-off zone 

  • rooftop helipad and increased car parking capacity. 

The redevelopment will also deliver improvements to the internal road network, including future connection to the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and a link bridge to connect the new building to Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). 

The project is part of the NSW Government’s record $10.7 billion investment in health infrastructure to 2024, with nearly a third of the capital allocation in this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities. 

Along with the redevelopment of the John Hunter Hospital campus, other projects underway in the Hunter New England Local Health District include: 

  • $470 million New Maitland Hospital  

  • $60 million Inverell Hospital Redevelopment  

  • $100 million Manning Hospital Redevelopment – Stage 2 

Construction is set to commence next year, with the project due for completion in 2026. 

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