The new, seven-storey $780 million John Hunter and John Hunter Children’s Hospitals clinical tower is set to transform health care for the region, with a 60 per cent increase in Intensive Care Unit capacity and almost 50 per cent more theatres.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard today visited the hospital to unveil the completed designs of the Acute Services Building, which will deliver a broad range of services as the centerpiece of the John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct.
“This world-class health precinct will not only significantly enhance capacity for clinical care and collaboration between the health, research and education sectors but be a key driver of economic growth in the region,” said Mr Hazzard.
“The cleverly designed Acute Services Building will house cutting-edge technology, enabling John Hunter’s incredible staff to continue to deliver exemplary health care to the greater Newcastle, Hunter New England and northern NSW regions.”
The designs put the patient front and centre, with large windows for more natural light and plenty of green spaces and quiet zones to make the hospital stay as comfortable as possible.
Mr Hazzard thanked health service staff, clinical experts, community members and local groups for their contribution to the designs of the new building. Works will commence next year and are due for completion in 2026.
The new seven-storey Acute Services Building will include:
The redevelopment will also deliver improvements to the internal road network, including future connection to the Newcastle Inner City Bypass and a link bridge to connect the new building to Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI).
The project is part of the NSW Government’s record $10.7 billion investment in health infrastructure to 2024, with nearly a third of the capital allocation in this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities.
Along with the redevelopment of the John Hunter Hospital campus, other projects underway in this health district include: