Mrs Skinner was joined by state MPs Bryan Doyle (Campbelltown), Chris Patterson (Camden) and Jai Rowell (Wollondilly) for the “topping out” ceremony – a construction tradition which marks completion of the highest point in a concrete structure.
To celebrate the milestone, a tree native to the Macarthur district – Eucalyptus Robusta – was lifted by crane onto the roof.
“It was just 10 months ago that Premier Barry O’Farrell and I turned the first sod of earth for construction of this building – and look at it now,” Mrs Skinner said.
“I have returned several times since that day so I share the growing sense of excitement felt by patients, staff and the community alike.
“Up here – 27 metres above the ground – the magnitude of this project is very real.
“I am delighted that this state-of-the-art building is on track for completion by December and will start delivering frontline services to the people of south-western Sydney in early 2015.”
The clinical services building is the centrepiece of the $139 million Stage One redevelopment of Campbelltown Hospital. Stage One will comprise:
· an additional 90 inpatient beds, with capacity for a further 30.
· an expanded emergency department.
· a paediatric outpatients unit.
· four birthing rooms.
· two cardiac catheterisation laboratory/interventional suites.
· a co-located and expanded floor comprising ambulatory care, outpatients, antenatal, allied health consulting rooms and treatment spaces.
· relocation and expansion of supporting space for pathology and clinical information.
· an additional 248 car spaces, including 37 new spaces serving ambulatory care and cancer therapy services, and 110 car spaces in the south-west corner of the campus, bringing the total number of car spaces at the hospital to 1,225.
Two months ago Mrs Skinner announced $800,000 in new funding to plan Stage Two of the Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment.
Stage Two will include further expansion of the acute hospital, including the emergency department, theatres, inpatient beds and expanded cancer services, as well as new imaging services.
“The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government is determined to rebuild the state’s hospital infrastructure, much of which was neglected by Labor during 16 years in Government,” Mrs Skinner said.
“Nowhere is the hospital building boom more evident than in greater western Sydney, where the Campbelltown Hospital redevelopment and the state’s largest current hospital construction project – the $324 million Blacktown Mount Druitt Hospital expansion – will transform the delivery of frontline health services.
“And it will not end there. Recently I announced $3.4 million in new funding to plan further redevelopment of four hospitals in western and south-western Sydney – Campbelltown Hospital Stage Two ($800,000), Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital ($800,000), Blacktown Hospital Stage Two ($800,000) and Westmead Hospital ($1 million),” she said.
Member for Camden Chris Patterson said it has been inspiring to see the multi-storey clinical services building rise from what was a greenfield site 10 months ago.
“There is no doubting the skill and determination of the staff of Campbelltown Hospital. What they have been crying out for is expanded, state-of-the-art facilities and, as is plain for all to see, we are delivering,” Mr Patterson said.
Member for Wollondilly Jai Rowell said: “It has been a great pleasure to watch this world-class clinical services building take shape. It will allow the staff of this very important hospital to serve our fast-growing, diverse community for many years to come.”
Member for Campbelltown Bryan Doyle said: “I am very pleased that we are delivering on our commitment to upgrade Campbelltown Hospital, which is so important to our community.”