26 April 2023

Progress continues on projects to improve Illawarra’s health care

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Minister for Health Ryan Park and Premier Chris Minns speaking with staff at Wollongong Hospital

Minister for Health Ryan Park and Premier Chris Minns attended Wollongong Hospital to inspect the progress of upgrades taking place there. Photo: Supplied.

Wollongong Hospital continues to increase its capacity to care for the Illawarra community, with expansion now well underway.

As part of enabling works for the more than $700 million New Shellharbour Hospital and Integrated Services Project, progress continues on a refurbished inpatient ward at Wollongong Hospital and the construction of a new rehabilitation gymnasium and renovated rehabilitation ward that will better support patients with complex care needs.

Premier Chris Minns and Minister for Health Ryan Park attended last week to inspect the progress.

“It is fantastic to see major development work underway, which will improve access to health care services for the local community now and well into the future,” Mr Minns said.

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Mr Park said the expansion works at Wollongong would increase the hospital’s bed capacity and allow for greater flexibility within wards.

“I know that Wollongong Hospital has been under sustained pressure,” he said.

“That is why I am delighted to see these works progressing, particularly the new inpatient wards,” Mr Park said.

Minister for Health Ryan Park speaks at Wollongong Hospital

Minister for Health Ryan Park said the works would “enable the district to ensure our patients are treated in modern and fit-for-purpose health facilities”. Photo: Supplied.

As part of the works, Wollongong’s Cardiology Unit is also being relocated to a new area closer to the hospital’s Cardiac Diagnostic Centre, where an additional four recovery bays have been added for patients undergoing cardiology testing.

The purpose is to better align health services.

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Staff also stand to benefit from the upgrades, in particular the creation of numerous new outdoor respite zones, a refreshed staff cafeteria and indoor break spaces for staff.

“It has been a particularly difficult few years for our health care workers, and the value of taking a break in the fresh air has never been more important,” Mr Park said.

“The upgrades to staff amenities not only at Wollongong, but right across the district, are very pleasing to see.

“This work enables the district to ensure our patients are treated in modern and fit-for-purpose health facilities.”

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