Health Minister Jillian Skinner, Member for Ku-ring-gai Barry O'Farrell and Member for Hornsby Matt Kean today welcomed the appointment of the lead design team to commence planning Stage 2 of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital redevelopment.
Health Infrastructure announced the team comprises: Aurecon (project manager), Nettletontribe (architect) and Aquenta (cost manager).
The NSW Government has committed $500,000 to progress the planning for Stage 2 of the redevelopment.
"It is a measure of just how well Stage 1 of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital redevelopment is proceeding that we have embarked on planning Stage 2," Mrs Skinner said.
"The NSW Liberal & Nationals Government will not rest on its laurels when it comes to delivering better hospital infrastructure for the people of NSW.
"By building better hospitals we are delivering better services for our patients and a more efficient work environment for our skilled and hardworking staff."
Stage 1 of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital redevelopment is valued at $120 million and comprises a new multi-storey clinical services building, which is expected to be completed mid-2015.
The STAR Building - as it will be known - will house Surgical, Theatres, Anaesthetic and Recovery services. It will include eight operating theatres, an additional three inpatient wards with 28-beds each and sterilising department.
The STAR Building will directly link to the existing HOPE Building (Hornsby Obstetric Paediatric and Emergency services), which incorporates the hospital's emergency department.
Stage 2 of the redevelopment will comprise another purpose-built building which is expected to connect to the STAR Building and include increased inpatient beds, paediatric, imaging and ambulatory care services, as well as an upgrade to the emergency department.
Mr O'Farrell said: "I am proud to serve my community as part of a NSW Liberals & Nationals team that is getting on with the job of rebuilding our hospitals - work that was long neglected by the previous Labor Government.
"The redevelopment of Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital will enable more state-of-the-art health services to be provided to our community, closer to home."
Mr Kean said he shares the community's anticipation about the building project.
"You can't help but be excited when you pass the hospital site and see the progress which is being made. Patients and staff are rejoicing after years of having their pleas for a redevlopment fall on deaf Labor ears," Mr Kean said.
The Northern Sydney Local Health District, in conjunction with Health Infrastructure, will lead the consultation process for planning of Stage 2 of the Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital redevelopment. Consultation will involve local staff, clinicians, management, the community and consumers to identify the key clinical priorities.
It is anticipated that the first stage of planning for Stage 2 will be finalised by late 2014.
For more on Stage 1 of the redevelopment, go to: http://www.nslhd.health.nsw.gov.au/AboutUs/Redevelopment/Hornsby/Pages/d...