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Community feedback sought on $111.48m Cessnock Hospital Redevelopment

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Hunter residents are being encouraged to have their say on the proposal to redevelop Cessnock Hospital.

Following the preparation of the Master Plan, Hunter New England Local Health District (HNELHD) and Health Infrastructure were determined to work with staff, patients, stakeholder groups and the local community to ensure the overhaul was responsive to the health care needs of the community. 

Concept designs for the $111.48 million project have finally been released, with feedback now being sought.

Not only will the city boast enhanced facilities, including new amenities for patients and staff, locals will benefit from a range of improved health services, to be housed in a state-of-the-art two-level Acute Services Building on the Cessnock Hospital campus.

“The release of the concept design marks a significant milestone for the project,” an HNELHD spokesperson said.

“It’s been informed by consultation with clinicians, staff and consumers to ensure the best possible hospital facility to support the health needs of communities in the Cessnock LGA… now and into the future. “

The project scope is expected to include: 

  • A new and expanded emergency department 
  • Two new inpatient units, featuring single and two-bed patient rooms
  • A new medical imaging service 
  • Improvements to connections to existing buildings across the campus 

“The concept design shows the location of departments within the Acute Services Building and builds on master planning undertaken last year, which set the foundations of the hospital’s redevelopment, including the location of future expansion zones,” the spokesperson said.

“The redevelopment will integrate the new building and existing services, comprising the operating theatres, allied health and pharmacy to optimise connections around the hospital campus and support staff and patient flow. 

“The hospital’s design will also foster a Connection to Country to create a welcoming and culturally-safe environment.”

The community is invited to attend one of two information sessions, where they can view the plans, ask the project team questions and provide important ideas that will help to shape the planning and design of the redevelopment.

The drop-in gatherings will be hosted at the View Street Clinic, on the Cessnock Hospital campus, on Tuesday 28 May from 10am until noon and between 4pm and 6pm.

Residents have until Friday 14 June to offer constructive comments.

Feedback from consultation on the concept design will be used to assist project planning and also inform the schematic design for the redevelopment.

Updates will continue to be provided as the work progresses.

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