A lead design team has been appointed to oversee the delivery of a new dedicated palliative care unit at Nepean Hospital which will see the Penrith and Blue Mountains communities benefit from enhanced end-of-life care.
Member for Penrith Stuart Ayres said the enhanced palliative care facilities at Nepean Hospital, which are part of the NSW Government’s now $759 million funding boost for palliative care services, will provide better access to end of life care for patients, their families and carers across the state.
“The NSW Government understands how important it is to provide the greatest possible comfort and dignity to people in our community who are at the end of their life,” Mr Ayres said.
“We know many people prefer to receive care at home, but unfortunately this isn’t always an option. This new dedicated facility will provide a high level of care for those who need it in a comfortable and welcoming environment.”
An experienced team of project managers and architects have been engaged to progress master planning for the project.
The project team was appointed following a competitive tender process and includes:
- Project Manager – Capital Insight
- Architect – BVN
- Cost Manager – MBM
Following the announcement, the project team will be consulting with key stakeholders including clinicians, palliative care staff, patients, palliative care support groups and interested community members to inform planning and design of the facility.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the appointment of the lead design team builds on the NSW Government’s commitment to delivering the best health services and infrastructure across the region.
“Nepean Hospital is undergoing a $1 billion dollar transformation, with construction now underway on Stage 2 of the redevelopment,” Mr Hazzard said.
The NSW Government will invest $11.9 billion in health infrastructure over the next four years to 2025-26, with nearly a third of the capital allocation in this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities.
Since 2011, the government has delivered more than 180 health capital projects across NSW, with more than 130 projects currently underway.