Planning for the Future - Greenwich Hospital

 

Health campus vision for Greenwich Hospital site secures planning approval

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HammondCare will have greater opportunities to fulfil its mission to improve the quality of life for people in need with the Independent Planning Commission approving an integrated health campus featuring a subacute hospital on the Greenwich Hospital site.

The new campus 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 that will provide older people with chronic health conditions who want to live independently access to 24/7 health services provided by a subacute hospital – a first for NSW and one of few in Australia.

Details of approval

The IPC decision to approve the concept on the 3.6ha site came with conditions that limit building heights for the two serviced seniors living buildings, restrict occupancy and plant 86 trees to enhance the tree canopy.

In releasing its decision, the IPC noted, “The Commission agrees with the Department’s findings…that the proposed integrated hospital and seniors living development is strategically justified and is in the public interest, and that the identified impacts can be appropriately managed through the conditions of consent imposed, and through the subsequent detailed application.

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

Community input appreciated

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

Modifications after consultation with the community and other stakeholders included changes to the January 2019 concept that included a reduction in the bulk and scale of the serviced seniors living buildings by up to two floors at the western end to minimise the visual impact on neighbours and heritage protected Pallister House. There was also further protection of the tree canopy with more existing trees retained and new trees planted.

Proposed seniors living villas along St Vincents Road were removed to save trees, with a new respite care facility added. New sightlines to Pallister House from River Road were further enhanced.

Increased services, parking

The Greenwich Health Campus concept includes a 150-place hospital and healthcare 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.

What's Proposed?

  • Palliative and supportive care.
  • Rehabilitation and mental health care for older people.
  • Serviced seniors living units, with support services to provide ‘ageing in place’ opportunities for older people to stay in their homes longer.
  • HammondCare At Home – home care service to both on and offsite seniors living residents.
  • Specialised dementia support services available for people living with dementia and their carers.
  • Double the number of inpatient beds across palliative care, rehabilitation, dementia care and older people’s mental health.
  • Our vision for Greenwich Hospital will make the most of the leafy green grounds with the revised concept plan saving more trees.
  • The proposal includes improved parking with double the number of car spaces. These spaces will be mostly located in undercover locations to maximise greenspace.

The Greenwich Health Campus Vision document provides details on the integrated continuum of services and the evidence-informed, best practise model of service delivery proposed for the campus. Click here to read this document.

Current Status

The approval of the Redevelopment of Greenwich Hospital (Concept) by the IPC is just one step in a long process. The long-term redevelopment of the Greenwich Hospital site is estimated at $141.5 million and has been classified as a State Significant Development requiring assessment by the Department of Planning and Environment.

The decision by the IPC to approve the concept plan with conditions means the Greenwich Health Campus moves to a Development Application for more detailed planning and further consultation with stakeholders.

Next steps

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The realisation of HammondCare’s vision for Greenwich Hospital will take many years to complete.

HammondCare recognises the significant interest in our plans and we are committed to working with the community to develop contemporary services that meet future needs.

Depending on approvals, HammondCare expects construction to begin in 2022.

The amended concept plan now on public exhibition with the Department until 21 November 2019 can be viewed on the NSW Department of Planning’s website.

Q&A

The IPC granted consent to the Redevelopment of Greenwich Hospital (Concept) on November 10, 2020, subject to conditions. The approval is for the concept, or general building envelope, and does not permit the carrying out of any works on site until approval is granted for a more detailed Development Application.

HammondCare sought concept approval for a new 150-bed hospital building, respite care facility, two seniors living buildings and 329 car parking spaces on the 3.4-hectare River Road site. Under the $141.5 million proposal, all existing buildings would be demolished – except for the heritage listed Pallister House.

The conditions imposed with the approval include limiting the building heights on the site to address bulk and scale concerns and the planting of 86 trees to enhance the existing canopy. The conditions also restrict occupancy of the serviced seniors living accommodation to seniors, people with a disability and people from their households.

The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) finalised its whole-of-government assessment of the State Significant Development application in September, before it moved to the IPC for final determination.

In releasing its decision, the IPC stated: “The Commission agrees with the Department’s findings … that the proposed integrated hospital and seniors living development is strategically justified and is in the public interest, and that the identified impacts can be appropriately managed through the conditions of consent imposed, and through the subsequent detailed application.

Greenwich Hospital has been operating since 1966 and currently provides more than 34,000 outpatient and in-home occasions of care, as well as almost 28,000 inpatient bed days annually.

HammondCare’s long-term aim is to create a modern and integrated hospital campus at Greenwich. We want to cater for the growing health care demand and deliver additional services  to meet the community’s needs in the coming decades. The number of people aged 65 or older in Northern Sydney is expected to increase to 18% by 2031.

The vision for Greenwich Health Campus is for an integrated and accessible model of care, welcoming patients, residents, visitors and the wider community to access specialist services including: inpatient and outpatient palliative care, rehabilitation, older persons’ mental health, dementia care, restorative care, supporting seniors‘ living and emergency and short-term respite.

These integrated services will be provided flexibly to meet people’s needs through a mix of day clinic services and short, medium- and long-term options. The vision will transform the hospital facility suitable for the 1960s into a health campus able to meet the needs of the ageing population into the 2060s.

More details on HammondCare’s long-term vision for the site is outlined in the document Greenwich Health Campus Vision.

The Concept Proposal submitted to the Department of Planning in January 2019 proposed redevelopment that will effectively double the number of hospital beds (from 78 to 150).

That proposal, and the revised Concept submitted in August 2091, mean the future Greenwich Health Campus will provide services such as:

  • palliative and supportive care

  • rehabilitation and mental health care for older people

  • Older persons’ mental health

  • Supported seniors’ living, including 89 new units with support services to provide “aging in place” opportunities for older people

  • Respite care

  • Community aged care through Hammond At Home – home care service for both on and offsite seniors living residents

Following the exhibition of the Concept and consideration of the resulting submissions and stakeholder consultation, HammondCare announced key modifications to the Concept Proposal that include:

  • Protection of the tree canopy through the adjustment of the building footprint, saving 48 more existing trees, and a commitment to plant more than 60 new trees

  • A 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 Pallister House

  • Deletion of Seniors Living Villas along St Vincents Road to enhance the Pallister House heritage curtilage, with a new respite care facility added

  • A new sightline to Pallister House from River Road

  • Removal of proposed driveway widening to retain the tree canopy and minimise civil works

  • Changes to the hospital basement to increase the setback from Pallister House

  • A new construction staging program to prioritise health services

To find out more, please contact HammondCare on 1300 426 666 or complete the form below. 

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