Friday, 10 August 2012



Premier Barry O’Farrell today joined staff at St George Hospital for a sneak peek at building works that will result in a new emergency department and specialised mental health unit for older people.


Mr O’Farrell toured the building works with Member for Oatley Mark Coure and John Flowers the Member for Rockdale.


“The new $39 million emergency department will be a significant boost for St George Hospital, which has one of the busiest emergency departments in the state.


“The redevelopment is a major investment by the NSW Government that will provide expanded treatment areas and will improve patient care and efficiency. 


“Patients are set to benefit from the new state-of-the-art facilities with early works, including a new services centre now under construction, while the relocation of the services centre will make way for the hospital’s new emergency department.


“St George Hospital is a tertiary referral centre and is the Level 1 Trauma Centre for the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District meaning the benefits of this new emergency department will be far reaching.


“The St George area will have access to improved facilities which is good news for patients, carers and family members who have a loved one who needs specialised care,” Mr O’Farrell said.


Mr Coure said St George Hospital’s Emergency Department has seen an increased number of patients in recent years, which has been generated by population growth, an ageing population and major trauma presentations.


“The relocation of the new emergency department to the main Gray Street entrance will improve relationships to other hospital functions and will also strengthen the front entrance to the hospital,” Mr Coure said.


Mr Flowers said the new $8 million16 bed sub-acute mental health unit for older people will further complement existing mental health services throughout South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.


“This new specialised facility is another significant improvement for people with mental illness. 

“It will provide integrated care with a seamless transition from hospital-based services to the community for older people who have mental health conditions,” Mr Flowers said.





The new emergency department will deliver:


Five resuscitation bays

  • 14 paediatric treatment spaces (including Fast Track zone)

  • Adult fast track zone

  • 34-bed adult acute treatment area

  • 12-bed Emergency Medical Unit for short stay admissions

  • New six-bed Psychiatric Emergency Care Centre

  • Two safety assessment rooms

  • Possible satellite imaging (X-Ray, CT scanner)

  • Eight space off-street ambulance drop off zone


Potential for up to six additional floors for future projects.


The completion of early works is expected by end of 2012.    The contract award for the new emergency department will be announced at the end of 2012.


Construction of the new emergency department building will commence in early 2013, with completion expected in time for the unit to be occupied before the winter of 2014.





In what is a first for South Eastern Sydney, the 16-bed mental health unit for older people will provide assessment and recovery based treatment for people aged 65 years and older requiring sub-acute mental health care.


The specialised unit will be built alongside the existing adult mental health acute inpatient unit and will share reception and waiting room facilities.


The new purpose built facility will provide 16 inpatient beds, including one bariatric bed, an activity room, lounge and dining rooms and secure courtyards for outdoor therapy.  Ancillary accommodation includes consultation rooms, meeting rooms and staff offices.


Construction is expected to begin this month and the project should be completed in late 2013.