Building boost for Blacktown’s baby boom

Group photo at Blacktown
Blacktown Hospital marked a significant milestone on the top level of the facility’s new building today. Pictured: NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Member for Riverstone Kevin Conolly, Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor, and members from the Western Sydney Local Health District executive, Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ redevelopment team and AW Edwards.

A baby boom in Western Sydney will be supported by the expansion of maternity, birthing and paediatric services, as part of a $700 million redevelopment of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard today marked the Blacktown Hospital redevelopment reaching its highest point with a final concrete pour on the top level of the new acute services building.


“This year Blacktown Hospital surpassed all previous records with more than 330 births recorded in a single month, which is why birthing, newborn care, maternity and paediatrics are such a critical part of the expansion project,” Ms Berejiklian said.

More than 1100 babies have been born at Blacktown Hospital so far in 2018, a 9.2 per cent increase from the same period last year.

On average, 63 babies are born each week at the hospital.

Baby boom
New mum Ashley Hope O’Connor and father Trent Anderson welcomed baby Celest at Blacktown Hospital on ANZAC day.

“The new facilities include new birthing rooms, most with birthing pools, expanded newborn care for babies who need extra support, and new paediatric services including wards with comfortable carer zones so a parent can stay overnight.”

“A new paediatric service with dedicated emergency department facilities will also support the growing demand for services in Western Sydney, avoiding travel to Westmead for families in Blacktown, Mount Druitt and surrounding suburbs,” she said.

Mr Hazzard said the $700 million expansion will significantly boost services for mums and bubs in the area.

“The expansion continues to transform Blacktown into a major hospital for the region, providing treatment close to home for the booming Blacktown community,” Mr Hazzard said.

Robyn Campbell from the redevelopment project team and acting chief executive Robynne Cooke show the NSW Premier and local members the future of surgery in the prototype digital operating suites set to be built in Blacktown Hospital’s new building.

Since 2011, $4.9 billion has been committed to first-class health infrastructure in Western Sydney.

“We have added more than 9000 nurses, doctors and midwives to the public health system – something our strong economic management means only we could deliver,” Mr Hazzard said.

The new building, due for completion in 2019, will include:

o   a bigger emergency department

o   a dedicated psychiatric emergency care centre

o   an expanded intensive care unit

o   paediatric facilities

o   eight new digital operating theatres

o   expanded birthing, maternity and newborn care services.

The new multi-storey car park expansion was completed in February this year.

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