Repurpose hospital as women’s

WITH the possibility of the new Bankstown-Lidcombe Hospital being built on a different site, there are moves to repurpose the facility as a women’s hospital, like the Royal Hospital for Women.

Deputy Mayor Rachelle Harika said the relocation of the hospital would present a great opportunity to focus on establishing a women’s hospital, specialising in breast care, gynaecology, maternity, newborn intensive care and reproductive medicine for the entire region.
At her request, the council will write to NSW Health Minister Ryan Park, urging him to investigate the feasibility of repurposing the existing hospital and establishing a women’s hospital, which would include specialised health services and research facilities on the site.
She said that the Royal Hospital for Women at Randwick, which was born back in 1820, had evolved into one of Australia’s most prestigious hospitals and in July this year, in a milestone for the hospital, the first woman to receive a uterus transplant in Australia fell pregnant, just three months after undergoing the procedure.
“What a great story and an example of what can be achieved when we invest in health,” the Deputy Mayor said.
“With a growing population and thousands more homes expected to be built in our City, the opportunity to retain the health-related services at the existing hospital by repurposing it into a specialist health and research hub, is an outstanding investment opportunity for our city.
“Let’s not just dream about what is possible but let’s action it today so our dream will become reality.”