Health campus vision for Greenwich Hospital site secures planning approval

Greenwich Hospital Pallister House HammondCareHammondCare will have greater opportunities to fulfil its mission to improve the quality of life for people in need following Independent Planning Commission approval for an integrated health campus, featuring a subacute hospital in Northern Sydney.

The new campus for the ageing Greenwich Hospital site will offer specialised health services for seniors and others with complex health needs, including palliative care, rehabilitation, dementia care and treatment for mental health.

Also included will be serviced seniors living apartments that will provide access to 24/7 health services provided by a subacute hospital for older people with chronic health conditions who want to live independently – a first for NSW and one of few in Australia.

The concept will now proceed to a Development Application where further details of the redevelopment will be considered.

HammondCare Chief Executive Officer Mike Baird said the Greenwich Health Campus would be a valuable addition to Sydney’s health infrastructure while thanking the community for their input into planning for the campus.

“This integrated and contemporary health facility will enable us to provide more care for people in need as demand increases in Northern Sydney, especially among older people.

“I want to thank the communities of Greenwich and Northwood as well as Lane Cove Council for their valuable feedback that has improved the concept.”

Modifications after consultation with the community and other stakeholders include:

  • Reduction in the bulk and scale of the serviced seniors living buildings by up to two floors at the western end to minimise visual impact on neighbours and heritage protected Pallister House
  • Further protection of the tree canopy with new trees planted
  • Removal of proposed seniors living villas along St Vincents Road to save trees, with a new respite care facility added
  • New sightlines to Pallister House from River Road
  • Reconfiguration of basement parking to increase setback from Pallister House

Greenwich Hospital, River Road, HammondCareThe Greenwich Health Campus concept includes a 150-place hospital and health care facility with a mix of inpatient beds and residential aged care beds, including dementia care.

Cars will be relocated to basement parking, maximising greenspace on the 3.6ha site.

Other services to be offered at the campus will include HammondCare At Home (in-home care for seniors), and the research and education functions of the Dementia Centre, The Palliative Centre and The Centre for Positive Aging.

There is no comparable integrated health campus in the Northern Sydney Local Health District.

HammondCare, an independent Christian charity, is receiving no government funding for the $141.5 million construction cost.

Mr Baird said the serviced seniors living would be a help for seniors facing chronic health challenges, such as retired Greenwich resident Norman Taylor, who nursed his wife Lydia until she died of Alzheimer’s disease earlier this year.

Mr Taylor told the IPC in a submission that access to accommodation with subacute hospital support would ease suffering for older couples experiencing poor health and “heart rending” separation. “I was fortunate in being able to stay sufficiently ahead of my own decline to care for my wife but each acute episode of my own conditions raised the spectre of parting,” Mr Taylor said.

“This anxiety would have been lessened had it been possible to access ongoing support for us as a couple, in a home environment and where our health would be monitored.”

Depending on final planning approval, a staged construction program may begin in mid-2022 with completion expected 2027.