The New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced the start of construction on a new hospital tower in south-western Sydney, Australia.

The new six-storey hospital tower is being built as part of the $568m (A$790m) Liverpool Health and Academic Precinct.

It will include an emergency department, intensive care unit, an integrated cancer centre, along with more theatres.

Being built by construction firm Lendlease, the new hospital tower will also include six new in-patient units including maternity, paediatric, and women’s health services which are all designed to accommodate the growing population in the area.

It will include a neonatal intensive care unit as well as a new multi-storey car park, which is nearing completion. The new car park will provide an additional 500 spaces across the campus.

NSW premier Dominic Perrottet said that the new hospital tower will provide enhanced health facilities and the health and academic precinct will transform the healthcare services in south-western region of Sydney.

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NSW health minister Brad Hazzard said: “The NSW Government is investing an unprecedented $790m into south-western Sydney to meet the community’s healthcare needs and also provide employment opportunities for our future generations of nurses, doctors, researchers and educators.”

Lendlease has opened a new skilling and employment hub beside the construction site of the new hospital tower for creating more education and employment opportunities for south-western Sydney communities.

The NSW Government has delivered over 170 hospitals and health facilities across the state since 2011.

At present, more than 110 hospitals and health facilities are underway.