Hospital redevelopment ahead of schedule

An acute shortage of car parking spaces at Blacktown Hospital  will become a thing of the past  next February, when a $24million six-storey car park with 600 spaces is scheduled  for completion   at Marcel Crescent.

Hospital general manager Andrew Newton said the hospital would have a total of 800 parking spaces combined with the existing 200 spaces when the car park opened, and 1400 spaces after the completion of the hospital redevelopment project in 2016.

‘‘The car park project was started in mid-2013 to ensure we have enough parking spaces when the redeveloped hospital is completed,’’ he said.

Mr Newton said pricing for the use of the car park would be reasonable and that patients and their families would  get a concession rate.

‘‘We are very pleased with contractor Watpac Constructions for ensuring everything is  ahead of schedule.’’

He said about 100 people were now working daily on the hospital project with  the number to increase to 600  next year.

Mr Newton thanked the staff and members of the public for their patience in coping with the disruption  of the redevelopment projects.

Health Minister Jillian Skinner recently said Blacktown Hospital had been allocated $800,000 to plan for the next stage of its $324million redevelopment.

Ms Skinner said stage two  included redeveloping the emergency department, adding operating theatres, increasing inpatient beds and boosting maternity and paediatric services.

Stage one of the project, scheduled for completion in 2015,  includes a five-storey clinical services building with comprehensive care centres for cancer, cardiac, respiratory and aged care.

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