The phase three of the A$740m ($498m) St George Hospital redevelopment project is set to commence, with major works starting within weeks in Australia.

Construction is all set to commence on the $411m ($276m) Integrated Ambulatory Care Precinct, which is the third stage of the redevelopment.

According to Oatley Member Mark Coure, the construction contract for the new building and car parking has been awarded to BESIX Watpac following a competitive tendering process.

New South Wales health minister Brad Hazzard said: “The new Ambulatory Care Building will be a one-stop-stop for community and out-of-hospital services, bringing together a range of new, enhanced and existing health services into the one location, right next to the St George Hospital campus.”

Coure said: “The new facility will meet the health needs of St George and Sutherland community now and into the future by providing more accessible care for patients, ultimately improving health outcomes.

“The redevelopment will also provide additional inpatient beds, including a speciality Aged Care Unit and a new Acute Brain Injury Unit.”

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The Integrated Ambulatory Care Precinct brings the government’s entire investment at St George Hospital to over $498m.

The Stage 3 St George Hospital redevelopment will feature outpatient, integrated care and ambulatory services, a day rehabilitation unit, pathology specimen collection, more inpatient beds for sub-acute care and rehabilitation, and sub-acute senior care unit.

Furthermore, the hospital will have a behavioural management unit, brain injury unit, surgical services, palliative care with improved operating rooms, a clinical skills centre, and upgraded diagnostic imaging.

A new public forecourt and green areas, in addition to the new Ambulatory Care Building, will be built to help create a friendly setting that promotes patient well-being.