The New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced the unveiling of first designs for the more than A$700m ($468.98m) new Shellharbour Hospital.

The hospital will transform healthcare services for the growing population in Illawarra.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said the plans can be viewed by the community in person. Feedback can also be provided on the new facility design.

Hazzard added: “The new Shellharbour Hospital will be bigger and better with expanded services in beautiful surrounds and, importantly, the facility will be future proofed for the community.”

Set to be located on a new site at Dunmore, the new Shellharbour Hospital will feature advanced facilities with surgical departments and expanded emergency, mental health, critical care, medical imaging, ambulatory care, rehabilitation and much more.

The hospital will also have increased surgical capacity, rehabilitation and aged care services, acute medical services, new drug and alcohol unit, care services for outpatients, car parking and improved public transport links.

Wollongong and Illawarra Parliamentary Secretary Peter Poulos said: “The NSW Liberals and Nationals Government has built more than 180 hospitals and health facilities since 2011 and each one of those has delivered jobs for local communities.

“The new Shellharbour Hospital will do the same, offering jobs during construction, new traineeships, and it will attract the best and brightest to work in the hospital once complete.”

The hospital is part of the NSW Government‘s investment of A$11.9bn ($7.97bn) in health infrastructure to 2025-26.

Approximately one third of the capital allocation in this financial year will go towards regional and rural health facilities.