State-of-the-art technology and first-class healthcare were on show today at Gosford Hospital’s new 11-storey tower, part of the new $348 million redevelopments. Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard officially opened the new clinical tower that will transform future healthcare on the Central Coast.
“Together with the $200 million Wyong Hospital redevelopment, the $348 million Gosford Hospital redevelopment is delivering next-generation, first-class health care to the Central Coast,” Ms Berejiklian said.“The technological advancements in the new 11-storey tower block are incredible, including – for the first time – a nuclear medicine service which will greatly improve diagnoses for a range of conditions and speed up scans for emergency patients.
“The redevelopment is part of our Government’s record $8 billion health infrastructure spend over the next four years – something Labor could never have delivered.” Mr Hazzard said clinicians and the community contributed to the innovative design. “The new tower has been designed with patients in mind, with privacy and comfort front and centre,” he said. “The Intensive Care Unit has the largest windows of any public hospital in the State, and a courtyard with oxygen and gas fittings means some of our sickest patients can be outside.”
The new tower features:
· A new Special Care Nursery, with expanded capacity for newborn cots from 10 to 15 and pull-out beds for parents and carers;
· New Intensive Care Unit with glass screens that can be switched to opaque (instead of curtains);
· A new MRI machine to diagnose stroke, cancer, infection and joint abnormalities;
· Each unit has single or double rooms with ensuite and a patient/relative lounge;
· Dedicated staff and patient lifts to offer more privacy.
The complete redevelopment, due to be complete by 2019, also includes a new $35.5 million carpark and refurbished spaces for allied health, cancer day unit, emergency short stay unit and cardiovascular services.