The Illawarra Shoalhaven community is one step closer to having a new healthcare facility with the State Significant Development Application (SSDA) for the New Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services Project now on public exhibition.
Local Aboriginal Elders, health clinicians, and staff have played an integral part in the planning process, to ensure the new health facility meets the Illawarra's healthcare needs.
The new Shellharbour Hospital will include:
- an expanded emergency department
- increased surgical capacity
- rehabilitation and aged care services
- acute medical services
- expanded mental health services
- a new drug and alcohol unit
- renal dialysis
- outpatient care services
- car parking and improved public transport links.
Community members are encouraged to attend upcoming information sessions to provide feedback on the proposed new hospital, which will be led by Health Infrastructure and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. Pop-up stalls will take place throughout the exhibition period and details are listed on the project's website
The SSDA has been lodged with the Department of Planning and Environment and is on exhibition until Thursday, 12 October 2023. To view the complete SSDA and make a submission to Department of Planning and Environment visit Department of Planning and Environment's website
Pending planning approval, construction is expected to start in mid-2024, with the hospital's completion expected in 2027.
As part of the broader Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services project, refurbishments were recently completed at Bulli Hospital to provide expanded rehabilitation and inpatient services in the Northern Illawarra region. Refurbishments continue at Wollongong Hospital and early planning is underway for a new community health centre to be delivered in Warrawong, on a section of the old Port Kembla Hospital site.
For more information about the project visit the project's website