The expansion of medical services within the Nepean Health Care system in Sydney’s West and Blue Mountains is one step closer, with an official ground-breaking this week signalling the start of demolition and construction at the area’s newest state of the art facility – Somerset Specialist Centre.
A development consortium, led by Barwon Investment Partners and hospital operator DPA Health, were on site to celebrate the first sod turned on Friday 14 September.
The Minister for Western Sydney, Stuart Ayres MP, also attended the ground- breaking along with local community and health representatives, and project staff.
Minister Ayres said the new hospital will enable clinicians to provide oncology services (medical oncology, radiation oncology and surgery) in the Penrith Local Government Area.
“This new facility in the Nepean health and education precinct will complement the NSW Government’s $1 billion redevelopment of Nepean Hospital and provide the residents of Western Sydney with state-of-the-art health care services.”
“Doctors and specialists will have the opportunity to invest locally in private rooms to deliver patients augmented services close to home.”
The centre will feature 6,300 sqm of space for healthcare service providers with 2,500 sqm still available. The centre has onsite medical services including five theatres, 16 private hospital rooms, day treatment facilities, a radiation therapy linear accelerator and a broad range of diagnostic services.
Tom Patrick, Partner from Barwon Investment Partners, said the new facility will enable a high volume of surgery, that was previously redirected or delivered outside of the area, to be handled in Penrith.
“Thanks to this investment in increased capacity for Western Sydney, patients and doctors can now access and provide integrated medical care in their own community, under one roof. This project represents an excellent opportunity for our investors and we are delighted to be able to deploy capital in a manner that will benefit the wider communites of Penrith and Western Sydney.”
Jonathan Edelstein, Director of DPA Health, said rapid population growth has led to record demand on services in Western Sydney.
“We are in a position where cancer patients and specialist doctors are travelling to private facilities in northern, eastern and central Sydney for timely treatment. It is a situation that is not sustainable and an added strain for anyone dealing with the stress of a cancer diagnosis.”
Hacer Group General Manager NSW Quentin Howell said Hacer Group is excited by the opportunity to partner with DPA Health, Barwon Investment Partners and GenesisCare. “Leading the construction of such a well considered and much needed private hospital in Sydney’s west is fantastic opportunity for our NSW business unit.”
GenesisCare NSW General Manager Ben Ward said: “Patients receiving cancer care deserve the best possible experience, with the best possible outcomes. Our comprehensive services will make it simpler and easier for people living in Western Sydney to access world-leading care at the right time. We’re pleased to be working with DPA Health, Barwon, the community and clinicians, to design and deliver full service oncology care at this new facility.”
With construction now declared officially underway, the centre is expected to be completed by September 2019.
Images of the final building are available at https://somersetspecialistcentre.com.au
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