The NSW Government will deliver the final stage of the more than $700 million St George Hospital redevelopment two years earlier, with a $105 million initial injection, boosting local jobs and the economy.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard announced the $105 million as part of the NSW Government’s $3 billion COVID-19 Recovery Plan to fast-track infrastructure.

“The NSW Government is getting on with the job of delivering world-class health facilities across NSW, including the state-of-the-art St George Hospital,” Mr Hazzard said.

“This investment is creating hundreds of jobs, while also ensuring the local community gets the expanded and enhanced health facilities it deserves as soon as possible.”

Member for Oatley Mark Coure said the accelerated funding to fast-track the $385 million Stage 3 of the hospital’s redevelopment will be of huge benefit to the local community.

“St George Hospital is now up to Stage 3 of its redevelopment, totaling more than $700 million worth of investment, including a new emergency department, a new acute services building opened in October 2017, the recently completed birthing suite and additional parking,” Mr Coure said.

“Bringing forward Stage 3 will fast track the delivery of a new Integrated Ambulatory Care Precinct, increasing inpatient bed capacity as well as much needed enhanced outpatient and community-based services.

“This is wonderful news, particularly for people with complex and chronic conditions, who will now spend less time in hospital, thanks to this new, first-class health facility.”

Planning for Stage 3 will commence this year, with early works set to start in 2021. Main works are expected to start in early 2022, with completion in 2025.

Stage 2 of the St George redevelopment was completed six months ahead of schedule in October, 2017, with an eight-level Acute Services Building above the existing emergency department, and featuring additional inpatient beds, a new intensive care and high dependency unit, a cardiac catheterisation unit, a sterilising services department, new helipad and eight additional digital and interventional operating theatres.

Stage 1 delivered the $41 million new emergency department, together with the improved hydrotherapy pool.

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