A new, 238-bed private hospital has been given the planning tick of approval to meet the growing need for better healthcare facilities on the Central Coast.
Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Rob Stokes said the $172 million Northside Private Hospital would provide new jobs, a multi-million boost for the local economy and improved healthcare access for the fast-growing Central Coast community.
“The new 11-storey facility, which is expected to open in 2025, will offer state-of-the-art facilities for patients and staff, including radiology, pathology, intensive care and operating theatres,” Mr Stokes said.
“Once it’s underway, this project will not only support the existing Gosford Hospital but will also inject $172 million into the local economy, provide more than 2,200 construction jobs and create 460 ongoing full-time jobs.”
Parliamentary Secretary for Central Coast and Member for Terrigal Adam Crouch said Northside Private Hospital would be located on Racecourse Road, Gosford.
“The former disused Ausgrid Depot will be transformed into this state-of-the-art health facility, which is vital given the population growth of 95,250 residents expected by 2041,” Mr Crouch said.
“In spite of the former Councillors attempting to stymie this project’s progress, I am delighted that planning approval has been confirmed, paving the way for construction to begin by mid-2022.
“The new hospital will be connected to Gosford by a shuttle bus, improvements to a nearby bus stop and more than 300 parking spaces for patients, visitors and front-line workers.”
A second development application will also be lodged for the construction of a five-story building for retail and medical support services, located adjacent to the hospital.