Hospital to expand mental health unit

What's there now: The existing Birunji youth mental health unit at Campbelltown Hospital.
What's there now: The existing Birunji youth mental health unit at Campbelltown Hospital.

More mentally ill patients will receive hospital care in Macarthur than ever before the with mental health facilities set for a massive expansion.

Campbelltown Hospital’s mental health facilities will double in capacity as part of a $632 million redevelopment. State mental health minister Tanya Davies announced the details of the expansion late last year.

The upgraded facilities will include a specialised older person’s unit and medium secure unit for adults in addition to the general acute mental health units.

“These new facilities will help deliver a range of integrated and specialist mental health services for the most vulnerable within our communities,” Mrs Davies said.

The new specialist facilities will be the first beds delivered under the NSW Government’s $700 million Mental Health Infrastructure Program.

It will double the current capacity of the mental health unit to 132 inpatient beds, with new acute beds as well as 20 specialised beds for older people and 20 places in the expanded adult unit.

“These designs are the result of extensive planning and consultation involving hospital staff, community and consumer groups,” Mrs Davies said.

The mental health facilities will be located within the new Clinical Services Building, with construction on the Stage 2 redevelopment scheduled to begin this year.

The hospital’s redevelopment will also included expanded paediatric care.