WORK on Blacktown Hospital’s long-awaited $24 million six-storey car park with 600 spaces started last week.
Blacktown Mt Druitt Hospital general manager Andrew Newton said it would be ready in March next year, about one year ahead of the completion of the $324 million expansion project that includes a new clinical facility and a mental health unit.
He said the hospital authority was responding to public complaints that the existing 100-space public parking was inadequate despite staff having to park their cars at the nearby Blacktown Bowling Cub.
Residents have been complaining for many years that they needed to park their cars a long distance from the hospital due to a shortage of spaces.
‘‘I would now like to inform them of the good news and to apologise for the noise, slow flow of traffic and inconvenience caused by construction work,’’ he said.
‘‘We have timed the completion of the car park about 12 months earlier so that it could cater to greater activities caused by the extension.
“And we’re making sure we don’t repeat the mistakes of past hospital redevelopments which forgot to include increased parking – by building a multi-storey car park at Blacktown.’’
Health Minister Jillian Skinner recently said the expansion would provide increased capacity, a greater range of services and improved facilities for patients.
‘‘When completed, there will be improved access to a broader range of services including comprehensive care centres for cancer, cardiology, respiratory and aged care to meet the growing patient needs of the community,’’ she said.