The New South Wales (NSW) Government has announced that construction on a new pathology department is currently underway at Nepean Hospital in Kingswood, Australia.

The new pathology department construction is said to be part of the $688m ($1bn) Nepean Hospital Redevelopment, which will provide access to healthcare services for Penrith and Blue Mountains communities.

This project will deliver expanded hospital services, and integrated community health facilities for the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.

Being built in a newly constructed facility in Building E (East Block), the pathology department is being fast tracked as part of the redevelopment project’s second stage.

Slated to be completed in mid-2023, the department will feature new reception area, labs, services, and administration spaces.

NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard said: “The new pathology department will be in a larger, purpose-built facility and provide significantly expanded pathology services to meet the needs of the growing local communities and boost health outcomes in the region.”

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As part of the first stage, a new 14-storey clinical tower was constructed and is opening in stages this year.

The new building, which is being delivered as part of the second stage, will feature an intensive care unit, cardiology services, an in-centre renal dialysis unit, nuclear medicine and medical imaging services .

It will also include a new front of house and reception area, along with more in-patient beds that include paediatrics.

NSW Mulgoa Legislative Assembly member Tanya Davies said: “The new building being delivered as part of Stage 2 has been designed to seamlessly connect with the new hospital tower, which is already an impressive landmark in the Penrith skyline.”

Earlier this month, the NSW Government announced the topping out ceremony of the $507.41m Tweed Valley Hospital.