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The Blacktown and Mount Druitt Hospital Expansion Project (BMDH Project) includes new building, refurbishment, infrastructure upgrades and service expansion to:
  • Meet the growing health care needs of our community now and in the future
  • Provide more services close to home
  • Reduce the need to travel out of the area for treatment.
Blacktown Hospital will expand to be a major tertiary hospital for western Sydney, in a network of hospital services. Mount Druitt Hospital will be a centre of excellence for surgery, as well as continuing to provide high quality care to the local community.

To make sure we get it right, we’re including staff, patients, carers and the community in our planning and design. To date, we've had more than 14,000 interactions with staff, patients, carers, community members, consumer representatives, and local community members, organisations and businesses about our project. 
The project also includes:

  • An award-winning arts and cultural program
  • Major digital hospital initiatives
  • Contemporary new models of care. 



Stage 1 at Blacktown Hospital delivered:
  • A new sub-acute mental health unit called the Melaeuca Unit, completed in 2014
  • A new multi-storey car park, completed in 2014
  • Extensive internal refurbishment
  • A new clinical services building, completed in 2016
  • Improvements to roads, paths and gardens
  • Infrastructure upgrades to manage our increased capacity
  • Arts and culture program
  • Digital kiosks to for outpatient check-in, Paper-Lite electronic hospital records and other digital and technology projects
  • Carer zones for carers to stay overnight with an adult patient, plus improvements to visiting hours
  • More health and construction jobs.
The new building was officially opened on 17 May 2016 by the former Premier of NSW Mike Baird and former NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner.


  • A new digital operating theatre.
  •  A new cardiac catheter/diagnostic imaging laboratory and associated support areas.
  • Three new ultrasound rooms.
  • A new Biomedical Engineering Department.
  • Expansion of the existing kitchen.
  • Expansion of engineering & maintenance.
  • Reconfiguration of the existing health records store (HIRS).
  • Construction of a Central Equipment Loan Pool Department.
  • Expansion of the existing mortuary. 


  • 600-plus car spaces new multi-storey car park plus bike racks & motorcycle parking - completed 2014.



The new regional dialysis centre is located in refurbished space in the Admin Building at Blacktown Hospital and includes 22 treatment bays for dialysis in “pods” for easy management, a new satellite pharmacy, outpatients clinics and facilities for patient training and education, consultation rooms and support. Completed May 2016. 


  • P1 multistorey car park expansion complete 2018
  • 414 spaces plus new car park office, extra lift, new stairs, parking guidance system and parking space counter at entry
  • Built by Taylor Constructions
  • Opened January 2018

NEW MAIN HOSPITAL BUILDING - construction complete 2019

A new main hosptial building called the acute services building will include:
  • Emergency
  • Operating theatres
  • Birthing, Maternity, Women's health and Newborn Care
  • New paeditric emergency, outpatients and inpatien ward
  • Intensive care.
Early works construction commenced 2016. Major works are now underway ay Australian company AW Edwards. 

Floor plan


Once the new building is completed, the original building will be refubished for:
  • Gastroenterology and endoscopy
  • Outpatients clinics (ambulatory care).


Stage 1 projects 2012 - 2014:

  • 8 new dental chairs in the expanded Dental Unit
  • 10 new sub-acute rehabilitation beds in an expanded unit
  • Expanded Emergency Department and new Urgent Care Centre
  • Upgraded sterilising services and infrastructure for current and potential future expansion
  • Medical Imaging new ultrasound room and equipment
  • Refurbished & improved public parking area.


Mount Druitt will continue to grow in Stage 2, providing a centre of excellence for elective surgery in addition to existing hospital services. 

Stage 2 projects 2016 - 2017:

  • A new community dialysis centre designed in partnership with consumer and carers, in a welcoming low-rise standalone facility with dedicated parking; undere construction
  • New MRI unit on level 2 which will provide a new non-invasive diagnostic service which is particularly important for our paediatric patients; currently under construction, 
  • New Recovery addition on level 2 including peri-operative support refurbishment and an additional operating room opened July 2017.
  • New single-storey Drug Health Expansion adjacent to the existing privately operated facility with consulting, counselling and support areas; currently under construction. 
  • Relocation of the existing pre-admission clinics to a new purpose-built facility (to allow for the expansion of the recovery ward); opened June 2017. 




The project includes a major arts and cultural program to promote health, healing and well-being.


Our award-winning project has been honoured with several awards for outstanding consumer consultation. Patients, carers and community members have been consulted at every stage of the project.
  • In stage 1, more than 10,000 consultation interactions took place as part of the planning, design and delivery of the new hospital. This included consumer representatives on all our planning groups (including executive governance groups), consultation with more than 500 community members as part of our arts program, and consultation with our multicultural community, 
  • More than 4,000 consultation interactions have taken place for Stage 2 so far, involving staff, patients, carers, consumer representatives, visitors, volunteers and community members. 


Blacktown Hospital's new and planned facilities include more than 125 carer zones (40 in the existing clinical services building and 85 in the planned acute services building including a carer zone in every paediatric inpatient room). 


The project includes new technology and innovations including digital outpatient check-in, Paper-Lite electronic hospital records and wayfinding kiosks.


Blacktown Hospital has more than 1500 car spaces on site including:
  • More than 1000 spaces in the P1 multistorey car park (600 plus stage 1 and 414 stage 2)
  • Parking guidance system and space counters in the P1 multi-storey car park
  • Disabled parking
  • Dedicated patient parking for renal, cancer and repsiratory patients
  • Medical and on-call parking.

The Stats


  1. The project budget for Stage 1 and Stage 2 is more than $700 million
  2. The project will create 7,000 direct and indirect jobs
  3. So far in stage 2 we have had about 4,000 consultation interactions to help design and the new facilities and plan services.
  4. In total we have had more than 25,000 consultation interations through design sessions, meetings, workshops, and our arts, culture and communications program.
  5. We're the baby hotspot of NSW - last year Blacktown delivered 3249 babies (so we're expanding birthing, maternity and paediatrics in Stage 2)
  6. Which is why we asked 128 women from 30 different cultural groups what kind of artwork would make them feel welcome, calm and relaxed in our new Birth Unit. 
  7. The new acute services building floor space is about 37,000 square metres (that's about 4.5 football fields)
  8. Our acute services building crane is as high as eleven giraffes (55 metres)
  9. The clinical services building has 40 carer zones and the new acute services building will also have them.
  10. We will have 125 carer zones in single rooms when our facilities are complete.
  11. Our project includes a turtle and a lizard (as part of the sculptural seats in our Healing Garden at Mount Druitt Community Dialysis Centre, designed by local Elder Uncle Danny Eastwood).
  12. By 2031, the population of our local health district will be bigger than Adelaide


WSLHD has complex health needs. 
  • 57.3% of people have one of four health risk factors
  • 10 - 20% higher evidence of diabetes and repsiratory issues than the NSW average
  • Diabetes hotspot with an estimated one quarter of the population likely to be ffected by diabetes or pre-diabetes
  • Rate of cardiovascular disease is significantly above the Australian average
  • Western Sydney is the baby hotspot of NSW - last year we delivered 3249 babies at Blacktown
  • 76,042 people presented at our Blacktonw and Mount Druitt emergency departments for care.

Our expansion projects are targeted to these growing demographics, with new facilities and contemporary approaches to health care. By the end of stage 2, we will have significantly expanded all our facilities and services for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses, as well as emergency department services, birthing and paediatrics. 


  • Total expansion project budget more than $700 million.


  • Stage 1 total extra beds 180
  • Stage 1 Blacktown Hospital 170 extra beds
  • Stage 1 Mount Druitt Hospital extra beds: 10
  • Stage 2 new wards for maternity, birthing, newborn care, paediatrics
  • 40 single rooms with carer zones in the clinical services building


  • The project will create more than 7,000 direct and indirect jobs in construction and health.
  • Stage 2 includes the first major hospital infrastructure skills legacy project in Sydney. The program will increase the skills of existing construction workers, and provide opportunities for young people, disadvantaged people and under-represented groups including women, youth, unemployed people, and social housing clients.
  • The project also has a $9 million Aboriginal Particpation program aimed at increasing skills, qualifications and opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.


  • 1000 car spaces by the end of 2017 at Blacktown Hospital.


  • Blacktown 1999 original building is approx 24,000 square metres
  • Blacktown Stage 1 new clinical services building is approx 34,000 square metres
  • Blacktown Stage 2 new acute services building is approx 36,500 aquare metres
  • Blacktown Stage 2 refurbishment is aprox 5,400 square metres


We calculate consultation in terms of interactions; an interaction can be contact via a face-to-face meeting like a user group or workshop, or engagement through other activities such as surveys, information sessions, staff forums, presentations or social media. 

Consultation includes staff, patients, carers, visitors, consumers, consumer representatives, community members, local community organisations, local government and other stakeholders. 

In Stage 1 we had more than 10,000 consultation interactions via our user groups, arts consultation and other engagement activities.  An interaction is a point of contact where staff, patients, visitors, volunteers, community memebrs and experts can engage with us about the project. It includes things like meetings, consumer consultation, design and planning meetings, workshops, forums and engagement through our communications program. 

To date in Stage 2, we have had about 4,000 consultation interactions including:
  • 550 interactions with staff for activity-based working
  • More than 1000 interactions with staff and consumer representatives to design the new stage 2 faciltiies
  • 50 interactions with our Aboriginal Elders and community to plan the healing garden at Mount Druitt and other art projects
  • 500 total consultations regarding the arts program
  • 128 interactions with women from 28 cultural groups regarding the birthing unit artwork
  • Every Friday we send out BMDH Project Weekly Update to 3000 staff and 200 stakeholders and community members so they can stay up-do-date with the latest news (you can subscribe via the link in our footer)
  • Our youngest consumer representative was only one year old when he started - his mum was a patient in our hosptial who co-designed the new maternity and women's health areas with our architects, planners and staff. 


As part of the project, staff redesign their services for more contemporary models of care; facilities are then purpose-built to support these new best-practice services. 
  • In Stage 1, more than 100 projects were created to manage the change to new models of care and facilities. 
  • The LEAN storerooms project redesigned storage areas and systems,The project ensured storerooms had “everything you need and nothing you don’t”  by regulating ordering quantities, tagging items for disposal or reuse on other wards, and establishing sustainable practices. The project delivered productivity and waste savings of approximately $230,000.
  • Paper-Lite transition written hospital records to digital records, providing anywhere, anytime access to informaiton for hospital staff. The project engaged hundreds of clincians and was so successful that 16 units were digital in less than three months (compared to the initial project estimate of 18 months). 


  • In 2016, we removed more than 30,000 cubic metres of earth from the new Blacktown Hospital building site - that's enough to cover the Sydney Cricket Ground in soil more than a metre deep. Not that we would.
  • The Blacktown Hospital acute services building tower crane is as tall as eleven giraffes (or about 55 metres).
  • The first major concrete pour (August 2017) for the new acute services building at Blacktown required 75 trucks and 430 cubic metres of concrete. That's enough to fill the 25 metre pool at your local aquatic centre. Or 16,000 milk crates (if they didn't have holes in them!). They were laying the first part of the level 3 floor slab, which will be the main entry level.


Blacktown Hospital and Mount Druitt Hospital are part of Western Sydney Local Health District.
Here 's a snapshot of our district: 
  •  $1.6 billion disbursed to provide health care for western Sydney
  • 5 hospitals (Westmead, Blacktown, Mount Druitt, Aubur and Cumberland) and 100 sites
  • 9816 health positions (FTEs) 
  • 14,577 individuals work for WSLHD
  • 1in 10 people admitted to hospital in NSW are in WSLHD
  • 10,309 births
  • 175, 625 emergency department presentations
  • 177,228 admissions
  • 35% of residents born overseas
  • 780 square km in area
  • 900,000 plus population (about the size of the population of Stockholm, or more than twice the population of Canberra))
  • 1.3 million population expected by 2031 (about the same as the population as Adelaide)
  • Western Sydney is home about 14,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and Blacktown LGA has Australia's highest urban population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. 

Blacktown Hospital 2015 - 2016

  • 36,531 separations
  • 133,060 total bed days
  • 426 average available beds
  • 383,499 non-admitted patient services (hospital)
  • 43,605 ED attendances
  • 3,249 births in hospital
  • 14,226 ambulance presentations
  • 8,997 surgeries

Mount Druitt Hospital 2015 - 2016

  • 14,906 separations
  • 41, 327 total bed days
  • 161 average available beds
  • 186,908 non-admitted patient services (hospital)
  • 32,437 ED attendances
  • 4,404 ambulance presentations
  • 4,622 surgeries

NSW Government

  • More than 111,000 people keep the system running, which includes more than 230 public hospitals caring for over 1.8 million patients hospitalised annually (2016/17)
  • In 2017/18 the NSW Government is investing an additional $2.8 billion over four years in new and upgraded hospitals, bringing the total investment to a record $7.7 billion over four years.
  • Health services receive 26.6% of the State's budget
  • In 2017/18 the State's health budget is $23.2 billion

Blacktown LGA

  • 350,000 people (more than Hobart, less than Newcastle)
  • Top 5 languages (other than English) are Tagalog, Hindi, Punjabi, Arabic and Filipino
  • Children aged 0 - 14 make up nearly 23% of the population (which is why we're expanding maternity, birthing and paediatrics)
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up about 3% of population
  • It's the second largest LGA in Australia
  • It has 4.5% of the NSW population.
  • Blacktown City has the 2nd largest Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population after the Central Coast with 9,527 people. Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 2.8% of all residents which compares with 1.9% for Greater Western Sydney Region and only 1.5% for Greater Sydney (Source:


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