The $750 million redevelopment of Royal Prince Alfred (RPA) Hospital has been brought forward by one year, after the NSW Government accelerated the project.
According to NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian, early and enabling works are expected to begin in the next six months on the major redevelopment which will be a game-changer for staff and patients.
“The $750 million investment will ensure the hospital continues to serve Sydney’s growing community into the future,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Innovation will be the cornerstone of the redevelopment, incorporating new models of care including an expansion of rpavirtual, which has treated more than 4000 patients at home and in Special Health Accommodation.”
Treasurer Dominic Perrottet said the acceleration of the project will create thousands of jobs, which is crucial to the state’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan.
“People in NSW are going through extremely tough times and we are facing some of the biggest economic challenges of our lifetime. This is yet another major construction project the NSW Government is fast-tracking to bolster jobs and re-charge our economy,” Mr Perrottet said.
The RPA redevelopment will deliver a new hospital building and refurbishment of existing spaces, including more adult inpatient beds and expanded emergency department, intensive care unit, medical imaging services, operating theatres, and maternity, birthing and neonatal services.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard added that the $750 million redevelopment will provide the extra capacity and infrastructure required to support the RPA staff in their ongoing efforts to provide the highest quality contemporary healthcare.
“The redevelopment will enhance the world-class clinical care RPA is so well known for, along with new opportunities for teaching, research and innovation,” Mr Hazzard commented.
“By fast-tracking this project, the NSW Government is ensuring RPA continues to deliver world-leading patient and family-centred healthcare.”
The NSW Government began the transformation of the site with the Professor Marie Bashir Centre, which opened in 2014, and the long-awaited new car park that opened in 2018, in addition to supporting the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse.
The new hospital building is expected to open to patients in 2026-27.