Surgical centre takes shape for Wollongong

Albert Vasquez, change manager for the Wollongong Hospital redevelopment. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Albert Vasquez, change manager for the Wollongong Hospital redevelopment. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR

Wollongong Hospital's redevelopment is well under way, with construction of the Illawarra Elective Surgical Services Centre passing the halfway point this week.

Four of the six levels of the expansion have been built and a $14 million extension of the Illawarra Cancer Care centre has also been completed.

Work on the expansion of the hospital began in 2012, and should be completed by late next year.

Change manager for the hospital redevelopment Albert Vasquez said he was pleased with the progress so far.

Four of the six levels of the extension are now complete.

Four of the six levels of the extension are now complete.

"What we're seeing at the moment is the actual structure going up. Once the structure gets topped out, we progress to internally fitting out the building - the walls, the plumbing, the electrics - and then once that's completed we look at commissioning the facilities and then the handover of the new building."

The $106 million Elective Surgical Services Centre includes an expansion of the emergency department and a new Ambulatory Care Centre, as well as seven operating theatres, 60 new surgical beds, 14 recovery beds, 12 extended day-only beds and six more intensive care unit beds.

A new car park is also being built, which will take the total number of parking spaces at the hospital to about 1400. Tenders for the $27.8 million car park development will be called shortly.

Drop-off and pick-up zones remain in place at the Loftus Street and Crown Street entrances and the emergency department off Darling Street.

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