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One of the many new operating theatres present in the new Nepean Hospital Clinical Tower.

Community tours the new Nepean Hospital Clinical Tower

14 Mar 2022

 

A flurry of excitement filled the corridors of the new Nepean Hospital Clinical Tower as hundreds of local residents got an exclusive sneak peek of the new, world-class facilities at Open Day.

Guided by the hospital’s incredibly talented team of subject matter experts, registered visitors explored some of the hospitals new purpose built departments including birthing, operating theatres, recovery and the Emergency Department.

First time parents, Katrina and Darren, whose baby’s expected due date aligns with the hospital’s opening were thrilled they may be one of the first couples whose baby is born at the new hospital.

“It’s amazing, the facilities look so good. I haven’t seen anything quite like it,” says Katrina.

“I love how the focus isn’t just on the bed for labouring and birth, there’s just so many options. I plan to spend a lot of time in the water during labour and the bath here is way better than anything I could have imagined, I haven’t seen anything like it before.”

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Expecting parents, Katrina and Darren inspect the hospital's new birthing suite.

Community input has been integral to the building’s design since the hospital’s redevelopment was announced in 2016.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Chief Executive, Kay Hyman says the feedback from Open Day visitors confirmed the community feels the new hospital building is their hospital.

“There’s been huge amounts of consumer input into the design and we’re really proud that it’s received significant input from our communities,” says Mrs Hyman.

“To have this fantastic building built and handed over to us, it’s just an amazing feeling. After what’s felt like such a long time, and in some way no time at all, I have absolute confidence that the new facilities for our patients and staff will help to provide better care for the community.”

The $1 billion expansion and upgrade of Nepean Hospital as part of Stage 1 and 2 of the Nepean Redevelopment will bring about a new era of health care to the region that transforms the way community accesses care.

As one of the tallest hospital buildings in Australia, at 14 storeys, the Stage 1 Clinical Tower will include an emergency department, 18 birthing suites, a neonatal intensive care unit, 16 operating theatres, more than 200 additional beds and a roof-top helipad.

The new Clinical Tower is opening in stages from mid-2022 following a comprehensive commissioning process.