Campbelltown Hospital's $632 million redevelopment reached an exciting milestone on Thursday - its topping out ceremony.
The ceremony celebrates construction reaching the highest point, in this case on the 12-storey Clinical Services Building.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard, along with Camden MP Peter Sidgreaves, were on hand for the ceremony and to meet with some of the new nursing and midwife graduates starting at Campbelltown Hospital.
"The new Clinical Services Building will be the centrepiece of the Campbelltown Hospital Redevelopment and will boost bed capacity across the hospital by more than 50 per cent," Ms Berejiklian said. "Construction of the redevelopment is supporting around 700 direct jobs helping stimulate the economy."
Mr Hazzard said the redevelopment would also deliver a new maternity unit with almost doubled capacity, as well as significantly expanded cancer and mental health services.
He said 51 of the 264 new nurses and midwives joining the South Western Sydney Local Health District in the coming days and weeks would work at Campbelltown and Camden hospitals.
Mr Sidgreaves said the new hospital reflected would meet the needs of the rapidly expanding Macarthur region.
"This $632 million investment is a tremendous boost for health services in the region, ensuring we are well placed to welcome the 133,000+ new residents expected to call our south-western community home in the next 12 years," Mr Sidgreaves said.
As works to the new emergency department - due to open in 2022 - progress, changes will be made to the hospital's P1 car park, the redevelopment team revealed last week. From March 17 to approximately mid-November, access to the P1 visitors car park will be restricted to just emergency vehicles, public bus services, patient drop-offs, renal dialysis patients and accessible (disabled) parking. All other hospital visitors must park elsewhere, including at the nearby P2 car park or other visitor parking bays across the hospital precinct.