First look inside Blacktown’s new hospital building

Blacktown families will soon have new, expanded paediatric services under the $700 million major expansion of Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard joined Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor to inspect progress on Blacktown Hospital’s new, nine-storey Acute Services Building, including a site tour of the expanded emergency department.

“The NSW Government is continuing its record investment in Western Sydney by providing high-quality health care and greatly expanding services for families, children and young people,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Blacktown Hospital’s expansion will transform it into a major teaching hospital for Western Sydney and provide state-of-the-art facilities with new purpose-built wards for expanded birthing, maternity, women’s health and newborn care services.

Mr Taylor said the expansion also includes new paediatric services with dedicated emergency, day stay and inpatient facilities including carer zones so parents or carers and can comfortably stay overnight.

Member for Seven Hills Mark Taylor and NSW Health minister Brad Hazzard meet construction workers, which included new apprentices.

“The Blacktown Hospital expansion will more than double services available locally for children 0 to 16 years old and will give parents and carers more choice, and more access to hospital services for their children,” Mr Taylor said.

“This incredible redevelopment brings world-class health care closer to home for local families.”

The design includes child-friendly waiting areas and treatment zones, with artworks and play spaces to provide a positive experience for families. In 2017–2018, there were more than 19,000 paediatric presentations to the Blacktown and Mount Druitt emergency departments.

Paediatric emergency and inpatient services will continue to be available at Mount Druitt Hospital, in addition to the new services planned for Blacktown. Stage 2 of the Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital Expansion Project is due for completion mid next year.

More information: www.bmdhproject.health.nsw.gov.au