A proposal to build the new $479 million Ryde Hospital on Macquarie University campus to create a health and academic precinct is under consideration by the NSW Government.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said under the proposal, which has been welcomed by Ryde MP Victor Dominello, the new site would add no cost to the project.
“The NSW Government announced close to half a billion dollars to redevelop Ryde Hospital on its existing site but this idea certainly elevates our plans for the delivery of 21st century cutting edge healthcare for patients,” he said.
“Co-locating the hospital with a world-class university to create a health and education hub, would bring new opportunites for research in addition to training and education.
“The current hospital is more than 80 years old but should the NSW Government accept the proposal, the new hospital and the former hospital site would remain in public hands.”
The proposed site for the hospital is only six kilometres from its current location, and the existing hospital buildings would be kept for health and wellbeing services.
Chief Executive Deb Willcox welcomed the proposal but assures staff and the community that no decision has been made.
“Extensive consultation will be undertaken with staff, members of the Ryde community and the university,” she said.
“Under the proposal the much-loved Ryde Hospital buildings such as Graythwaite Rehabilitation Centre and the heritage listed Denistone House would remain in public ownership for health and wellbeing services for the local community.”