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Lake Macquarie Hospital expansion plans


A 10-storey hospital, new theatres, ward beds, car parking and consulting suites all make up a proposal to expand Lake Macquarie Private Hospital at Gateshead. 

The plan, open for public exhibition, includes a strategy to rezone the site, allowing for increased building height limits from 10m to 37m. 

A new tower is set to be built to house new facilities at the northern end of the current premises. 

The main entrance would also be moved from Sydney Street to Casey Street. 

The proposal for the Ramsey Health site will be seen by some as long-overdue with the 187-bed facility at or near capacity most of the time. 

Lake Macquarie Private Hospital CEO Sharon Rewitt says the development proposal is the result of more than five years of planning. 

“On completion, the improved hospital will offer 248 private inpatient beds, 14 operating theatres and three cardiac catheter labs, plus hybrid and vascular labs,” she said. 

 “Critical care, intensive care and an enhanced 24-hour emergency department, radiology and oncology services will also be provided.” 

Lake Macquarie Private Hospital CEO Sharon Rewitt

Lake Macquarie mayor Kay Fraser said the planning proposal and proposed rezoning of the site from medium density residential to infrastructure (health services facilities) paved the way for a larger transformation in years to come. 

“A cluster of state-of-the-art medical facilities and services at Gateshead, including Lake Macquarie Private Hospital, would create an expanded, regionally significant health precinct for our city,” she said. 

“These services will be increasingly important as our population ages and increases, and will create new jobs, increase skills and generate flow-on benefits for our local economy.” 

The proposal aligns with the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036, which both earmark the area for a regionally significant health precinct. 

If it proceeds, the hospital expansion is expected to create 800-1000 direct and flow-on jobs during construction, and almost 200 once complete. 

Lake Macquarie City Council manager integrated planning Wes Hain said a broader precinct plan would be developed in 2023 to identify car parking, public transport and other services and infrastructure needed to meet the precinct’s future demands.  

If the building height and zone changes are approved, the NSW Government will lodge and assess a state-significant development application. 

The expansion is expected to be rolled out across five stages and completed in 2027.  

The planning proposal is on exhibition until 3 February.  

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