THE state government has approved the building of a new hospital wing for Norwest Private Hospital.
A hospital spokesman said the multimillion dollar expansion is a response to the need for further expansion due to the North West Rail Link and an additional 100,000 people projected to live in The Hills by 2031.
Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott was a guest of honour at the building commencement ceremony this morning.
The hospital will be making an investment of over $65 million, to enhance the services provided and meet the needs of the community over the coming years.
Over the last five years, Norwest has seen significant growth with an expanded maternity unit, increased capacity of the intensive care unit, opening of three additional operating theatres, including a world class endoscopy and day surgery facility.
The expansion will be a two year build, with six months of pre-structural work and column strengthening, six months of building and construction and a further 12 months to complete internal fit outs.
‘‘The expansion will benefit the community by providing additional health care services and also provide new employment opportunities during the construction period and when the new wing is opened,’’ the spokesman said.
It is estimated that an additional 150 positions in the hospital will be created, bringing the total number of employees at Norwest to over 1000.
The development will be a separate build to the existing hospital building. It will be a discreet wing, causing minimal disruption to current activities in the hospital during the development period.
The new wing will provide an additional 54 beds and five additional operating theatres.
To support the increasing number of patients undergoing more complex surgical procedures, regularly being performed at Norwest, there will be seven additional intensive care unit beds, increasing capacity to 19 beds.
A larger Central Sterile Services Department will be built to service the 16 main operating theatres.
In addition, ancillary infrastructure such as recovery areas, stores, administration and kitchen will be expanded to service the larger hospital. Extensions will also include additional medical consulting suites in the medical centre.
Significant investment will also be made in providing state-of-the art technologies to complete the fit out of the expanded facilities.
Since the opening of Norwest Private Hospital in September 2009, about 129,000 patients have been admitted, 9500 babies have been born and 88,000 surgical operations have been performed at the hospital.