MATT KEAN, MEMBER FOR HORNSBY & MINISTER FOR INNOVATION & BETTER REGULATION
For a long time the parking at Hornsby Hospital has been inadequate. Staff, patients and visitors often resort to parking in local streets. I am pleased to say construction of the multi-storey car park begun late last year and once completed, residents who live around the hospital will get their streets back.
The $19.8 million project will give the hospital 520 car spaces for staff, patients and visitors to park easily on the grounds of the hospital. This will remove hundreds of cars from surrounding streets.
I made it my number one priority once elected that I would make our Hospital better for the people of Hornsby. We no longer want possums running through operating theatres. The people of Hornsby deserve a hospital which is state-of-the-art and which services the community not just now, but well into the future.
Once completed the car park will be five levels of parking, which will provide ample spaces for those visiting and staff working at the hospital. To be able to park in the hospital grounds is vitally important, particularly for patients needing to visit for appointments.
The NSW State Government has pledged $200 million for the Stage 2 redevelopment expected to begin this year. This redevelopment will improve the overall services available at the Hospital, and provide further support for paediatric and rehabilitation services on site.
The redevelopment will include a new Paediatrics Inpatient unit, a new Emergency Department and a five-storey Clinical Services Building. The Clinical Services Building will accommodate a Medical Assessment Unit, Combined Intensive Care and High Dependency Unit, Coronary Care Unit co-located with a Cardiac Services department, Ambulatory Care Centre, Transit Unit, Inpatient Units, administrative/teaching space and retail space.
The new clinical services building will be a one-stop shop for a number of medical services, making it easier for patients to attend multiple appointments. The design of the building was made in consultation with frontline staff who told us what they needed to give patients the greatest level of care.
If you have visited the Hospital in the last year, you will have seen the $121 million STAR building which was the Stage 1 redevelopment. The STAR building which stands for Surgery, Theatres, Anaesthetics and Recovery includes eight new operating theatres, a central sterilising service, surgical in-patient units, pathology services, kitchens and improved health information services.
Hornsby Hospital had been neglected for many years and this State Government is ensuring our community will have access to one of the best hospitals in NSW. The people of Hornsby need to be able to trust that their hospital is able to look after the community’s needs both now and in the years to come.
I am proud of what I have achieved for Hornsby Hospital and look forward to seeing our vision come to life as construction continues this year.