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New multi-deck car park for hospital

Wollongong Hospital

THERE will be money allocated in the upcoming State Budget to provide a multi-deck car park for Wollongong Hospital.

The Minister for Health Jillian Skinner said $25.8 million will be provided for the project, which will see a 600 space car park completed in early 2015, at the same time as the new elective surgery unit admits its first patients.

The announcement comes after calls for better parking facilities around the hospital.

“This important investment will alleviate the parking issues in peak times and provide excess spaces at other times,” Mrs Skinner said.

Construction of the new car park is scheduled to begin late next year and while options for its exact location are still being considered, the connection to the hospital will be via the existing foot bridge across New Dapto Road.

Mrs Skinner said the new car park will complement Wollongong Hospital’s $86 million elective surgery unit, on which construction is expected to begin this year.

“This exciting new project will significantly boost the Illawarra’s critical care capacity,” Mrs Skinner said.

The purpose built facility will see seven new operating theatres constructed with 60 new surgical beds and a new 24-bed Intensive Care Unit / High Dependency Unit.

The expansion also includes:

* 12 extended day-only beds.

* 10 new close observation beds.

* Six additional Intensive Care Unit / High Dependency Unit beds.

* A new Central Sterilising Department, and

* New linen stores, loading dock area and food services works.

Mrs Skinner said the project is the largest and most significant capital works project undertaken at Wollongong for several years.

“The integrated unit will strengthen links with leading research bodies and increase the capacity of Wollongong Hospital as a major teaching and principal referral hospital for the Illawarra and Shoalhaven,” she said.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

Discussion

One thought on “New multi-deck car park for hospital

  1. Great to see new Car Park for Wollongong Hospital – we need it badly

    And good to see funds for Wollongong Hospital Emergency Department

    But what about funds for Bulli Hospital Emergency Department ? – questioned Save Bulli ED Convenor Alison Fettell

    Like

    Posted by SaveBulliED | June 1, 2012, 4:42 am

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