Mid North Coast patients will benefit from new and expanded critical care services as the NSW Government’s $194 million Coffs Harbour Hospital Expansion Project nears completion.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Member for Coffs Harbour Gurmesh Singh today officially opened the state-of-the-art Clinical Services Building, which will ensure high-quality, contemporary health care for future generations.
“This is an incredible transformation of critical health care for the Coffs Harbour and surrounding communities, which will now benefit from a much larger emergency department, additional operating theatres and inpatient beds and a huge increase in outpatient services,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The NSW Government is committed to providing world-class health care to all NSW residents, no matter where they live.”
Mr Singh said the new four-storey building is in front of the existing main hospital entrance, ensuring easy access to other services.
“I’m delighted that our local communities will benefit from these new services at some of the most crucial and urgent times in their lives,” Mr Singh said.
“I thank all the locals who have been part of the extensive consultations and have helped to shape this important redevelopment.
“I am also pleased that these spaces reflect our local communities and feature artwork from local Aboriginal and multicultural communities, local photography and department names in Gumbaynggirr language.
“These infrastructure projects not only support the health and wellbeing of local communities, but also deliver direct and indirect jobs in health, construction and related industries. At the peak of construction there were around 200 workers on site a day.”
The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022 and will deliver:
- a larger emergency department with more than 60 per cent additional spaces
- a new short-stay surgical unit with double the number of spaces
- an additional six new operating theatres
- a new and expanded ICU
- 30 per cent more inpatient beds
- a 120 per cent expansion in the overall size of ambulatory care space for the community to access outpatient health services
- research and education facilities, including a new simulation room
- a 40 per cent increase in capacity for chemotherapy, as well as greater renal dialysis capacity with 14 additional chairs.