The redevelopment of John Hunter Hospital in New South Wales (NSW), Australia has achieved a significant milestone with the pouring of the first concrete slab and the installation of 600t of steel.

This $835m John Hunter Health and Innovation Precinct project aims to enhance healthcare delivery in the region.

The centrepiece of the precinct is a new seven-storey acute services building, which will expand critical care services and increase the intensive care unit capacity by 60% for both adults and children.

With potential support for thousands of indirect jobs, the project is expected to create nearly 1,500 direct jobs.

This redevelopment is said to be crucial as the John Hunter Hospital serves as the only tertiary referral hospital between Sydney and the Queensland border, ensuring access to high-level emergency care for the growing communities in northern NSW.

The project is set to complete in 2026 and will include a new emergency department, expanded critical care services, birthing suite, neonatal intensive care unit, rooftop helipads, operating theatres, and ample parking facilities.

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NSW Health Minister Ryan Park called the project a “great win” for the local economy.

Park stated: “Around 180 workers are currently working at the site each day, and this is expected to increase to around 800 a day at the peak of construction.”

John Hunter Hospital provides healthcare services for pregnancy, birth, as well as the early stages of parenthood.