John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct master Plan presented to staff

The Master Plan for the NSW Government's John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct, which includes a $780 million investment in John Hunter Hospital, has been unveiled today.

Mr Michael DiRienzo, Chief Executive Hunter New England Local Health District said the Hunter region will benefit significantly from expanded health services and facilities, including a new emergency department and improvements to critical care.

The development of the Health Precinct will include a significant expansion of the John Hunter Hospital and John Hunter Children’s Hospital, providing additional capacity to meet the growing demand of the Greater Newcastle area, Hunter, New England and northern NSW regions,” Mr DiRienzo said.

The Precinct will also create new opportunities for education, training and employment for staff and the broader community.”

Minister for Health and Medical Research Brad Hazzard said the world-class health precinct will be a key driver for economic growth and jobs for the Newcastle, Hunter New England and northern NSW regions.

“The John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct will be renowned for world-class care and clinical expertise, and will continue to attract great staff to the region,” Mr Hazzard said.

The Master Plan, the result of a collaborative effort between health, education and research experts, will ensure that the people of the Hunter get the very best health care possible for decades to come.”

The Master Plan was developed after a workshop hosted by Mr Hazzard in September 2018 with more than 60 health, education, research, business and political leaders. Health Infrastructure is leading a project team compromising BVN (architects), TSA Management (project managers), Steensen Varming, Northrop and Warren Smith and Partners (engineers) and Altus Group (cost managers) have been appointed to progress the Master Plan.

The John Hunter Hospital redevelopment includes:
  • New and expanded emergency department
  • New and expanded critical care services
  • Increased interventional and imaging services
  • Expanded inpatient units
  • Enhanced ambulatory care services.