Construction of Blacktown Hospital’s new Acute Services Building has reached its highest point, with builders and staff hosting a traditional ‘topping out’ tree ceremony: an age-old practice that is thought to bring good fortune.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian MP and the NSW Minister for Health Minister Brad Hazzard MP also attended the ceremony over the weekend, on behalf of the NSW Government.
“It is great recognition for the efforts of the project team in reaching this milestone, and congratulations to all involved in growing health services for the local community” said Project Director at Health Infrastructure, Andrew Paris.
The new Acute Services Building is scheduled to be complete mid next year, and includes:
- New emergency department with more emergency and short stay beds
- A new psychiatric emergency care service and dedicated unit in Emergency
- New intensive care unit with more beds
- Eight new operating theatres and space for future expansion
- Expanded birthing unit, maternity, women’s health, and newborn care
- New paediatric service with dedicated emergency department facilities, day stay and inpatient facilities
- Medical imaging, sterilising and non-clinical support services expansion
For further information on Stage 2 of the $700 million Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospitals Redevelopment, visit the project website here
The tree was donated by the builders AW Edwards and will be planted in the landscaped grounds around the hospital.