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Projects fast-tracked to support COVID-19 care

Friday 17 April 2020

The $73 million Macksville Hospital Development and $70.7 million Mudgee Hospital Redevelopment are among the health infrastructure projects being fast-tracked by the NSW Government to provide increased health care capacity to manage COVID-19.

Health Infrastructure Chief Executive Rebecca Wark said Health Infrastructure is forecasting project handover for the new Macksville Hospital in May 2020 to enable operational commissioning, before the facility opens its doors later that month.

“This is six months ahead of the target operational date and an achievement that will benefit the whole Mid North Coast community,” Ms Wark said.

Once complete and fully operational, the new Macksville Hospital will include an emergency department; inpatient units; operating theatre; maternity and Tresillian services; and community and allied health facilities.

Also next month the Mudgee Hospital Redevelopment will be handed over to Western NSW Local Health District for operational commissioning, followed by early handover of 20 critical care beds at the $150 million Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment Stages 3 and 4 in June. 

Both projects are running six months ahead of schedule and will provide extra capacity for the local health district to meet additional demands on the local healthcare system.
The new Mudgee Hospital will have, for the first time, a CT scanner and include an emergency department; a general medical and surgery unit; a peri-operative service (a range of surgical procedures); a maternity unit (so mothers can continue to have their babies here in Mudgee); ambulatory care (services for outpatients); oral health (dental clinic); renal dialysis (dialysis treatment for outpatients) and oncology (chemotherapy treatments).
Works are also underway at Royal North Shore Hospital to refurbish two floors in the Douglas Building and relocate administration staff, which is also expected to be completed in May providing more than 40 beds for COVID-19 treatment.
“Building essential health facilities to meet the needs of NSW communities now, and into the future, has never been more important,” Ms Wark said.

“We thank our project teams and local health districts for working with us to keep projects going and ensure the safety of our people, workers and communities.

“Together we are supporting the NSW economy, construction and health industries and the thousands of people employed across our sites during this challenging time.”

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