Expectant mothers in the St George region will soon be able to experience the world-class facilities of the new multi-million dollar Birthing Unit at St George Hospital.
Mark Coure, Member for Oatley recently toured the Unit’s construction site to view how work was progressing on this important project.
Mr Coure was joined by Leisa Rathborne, General Manager of St George Hospital, Lorena Matthews, Nurse and Midwife Manager, Dr Emmanuel Karantanis, Obstetric Staff Specialist, hospital staff and representatives from contractor Fugen Constructions.
“Since 2011 the Liberal Government has invested over $700 million to make St George Hospital a world-class health facility,” Mr Coure said.
“The current Birthing Unit at the Hospital was built in 1972 under a Liberal Government and its subsequent upgrade in 1991 was funded by the Greiner Liberal Government.”
During the tour Mr Coure viewed one of the 8 new delivery suites that will include water immersion facilities and the 2 new acute assessment rooms.
“Seeing the groundwork of these new modern facilities is exciting. The design of the Unit was carefully put together to ensure the best experience for mothers and their newborns.”
“The new Unit will be double the size of the current one, giving greater level of care and privacy to the 2,300 women who give birth at the Hospital each year.”
“This upgrade will allow the dedicated staff to continue to improve on the exceptional care they already provide to mothers.”
Construction on the project is expected to be completed by the end of year, the first births in the new Unit will be in the New Year. Existing operation theatres which manage over 17,500 surgeries each year will also be refurbished.
The new Birthing Unit is being constructed where the former Acute Services Building was housed as it was redeveloped and relocated during Stage 2 of the Hospital’s redevelopment.