THE wet weather may have turned the building site of the new Wollongong Private Hospital to mud, but it couldn't stop the turning of the first sod in the development yesterday.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery joined Ramsay Health Care chairman Paul Ramsay and Figtree Private Hospital chief executive officer David Crowe at the official ceremony.
Ramsay will move staff and services from Figtree Private Hospital to the new 150-bed hospital when it opens in 2015.
The official sod turning marked the start of work on the $90 million medical precinct, which will include the private hospital as well as medical suites, diagnostic services, primary health care services and a three-level subterranean car park.
The facility will offer a full range of medical, surgical and maternity services, including an intensive care unit, nine operating theatres and an oncology unit.