Campbelltown Hospital to go sky high

Campbelltown Hospital's front entrance.
Campbelltown Hospital's front entrance.

An 11-storey-high Campbelltown Hospital.

That’s the plan, anyway.

Plans for stage two of the hospital’s development have been unveiled on the Department of Planning and Environment’s website.

The plans show Waratah House (a 30-bed adult mental health unit) and Gna Ka Lun (a mental unit for adolescents) would be demolished.

An 11-storey clinical services building would be constructed, including a new emergency department and a range of other facilities and suites that would be used by the Intensive Care Unit (ICU), maternity, paediatrics, surgical and mental health. The Cancer Therapy Centre would also be expanded, though finer details were not revealed.

The Advertiser asked Health Infrastructure for details about the size and location of new mental health units.

A spokesman for Health Infrastructure said stage two would include “expanded and integrated mental health facilities” but no further details were provided.

The future use of existing mental health buildings would be “determined in the coming months”, he said.

Founder of Beautiful Minds – a mental health support organisation – Sandra McDonald, said there were pros and cons to the plan.

The organisation has funded programs including music therapy and has helped upgrade the gardens at the hospital’s mental health unit in past years.

On the plus side, Mrs McDonald said, capacity and the range of services should expand with the new plans.

They love to feel the sun on their face, the wind in their hair and the grass on their feet.

Beautiful Minds founder, Sandra McDonald

However, she was concerned about the loss of open space.

“Waratah House and Gna Ka Lun weren’t purpose built so the idea is that they (the new mental health units) will have a whole floor and the garden area will be like a court yard,” she said.

“People with mental health issues love the elements.

“They love to feel the sun on their face, the wind in their hair and the grass on their feet. Courtyards have fresh air but they aren’t the same (as a garden).”

The spokesman said, pending approvals, construction would start early next year.

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