Major Hospital Upgrade Provides Significant New Services

The $200 million redevelopment of the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) – New South Wales biggest private hospital - was officially opened by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.

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17 October 2014

The $200 million redevelopment of the Sydney Adventist Hospital (the San) – New South Wales biggest private hospital - was officially opened by the Prime Minister, Tony Abbott today.

Health Minister Peter Dutton said the redevelopment would add significantly to the provision of health services across northern Sydney with state-of-the-art acute care facilities that could cater for up to 300,000 patients annually by 2023.

“The expansion of the San will enable this major hospital and health facility to cater for up to 35,000 additional patient admissions each year,” Mr Dutton said.

“It will significantly improve the access to important health services, including emergency, maternity and cancer care for people living in the Upper North Shore, North West Sydney, Central Coast and Northern Beaches.

“The Sydney Adventist Hospital already cares for more than 230,000 patients a year.

“This major upgrade will help it meet the growing demand for health services by giving it the capacity to add up to 200 hospital beds to its existing 350 beds.

“The redevelopment will also allow the hospital to add up to 10 operating and day procedure theatres to complement its existing 14 theatres, and will include a new Integrated Cancer Centre and a Maternity, Women’s Health and Children’s Unit,” he said.

Once construction is complete, the new cancer centre will offer patients with diagnostic, treatment, counselling and other cancer services.

It will also enhance Australian cancer research capacity through its involvement in national and international clinical trials.

Mr Dutton said the redevelopment also includes a new clinical education centre.

“The Australian Government provided $10 million to help establish the Sydney Adventist Hospital Clinical School of The University of Sydney,” Mr Dutton said.

“The clinical school offers training placements for medical, nursing, physiotherapy, pharmacy, and other allied health profession students.

“By learning in a busy, multi-service private hospital like the San, students will have the opportunity to receive broad, practical experience in addition to classroom-based education.

“By 2016, the school will train up to 40 doctors and over 120 nurses each year, helping Australia to maintain its world class health system.”

The education centre is a collaborative project involving the hospital, the Australian and NSW Governments, Sydney University and the Avondale College of Higher Education.

Mr Dutton said the expansion of the Sydney Adventist Hospital would complement public sector healthcare services provided in Hornsby, Westmead, Gosford and at the Royal North Shore Hospital.

For more information, please contact the Minister's Office on 02 6277 7220

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