St John of God Health Care plans to redevelop its North Richmond site to increase access to state-of-the-art mental health treatments both locally and across Australia.
Currently undergoing planning approval, the design will increase capacity to 112 single rooms, with comprehensive treatment facilities such as a wellness centre to support holistic person-centred care.
The design builds upon a vision shaped by consumers, carers and clinicians.
Recognising the uniqueness of such a wonderful site, the design combines this healing environment with the very best of contemporary practice to deliver what will be a truly person centred service.
St John of God Richmond and Burwood hospitals Chief Executive Officer, Mr Colman O’Driscoll said that while plans had been underway for some time the announcement is a pivotal point.
“St John of God Richmond Hospital has a 70 year history of serving the community in North Richmond and providing high quality mental health care for people across NSW and Australia.
“The redevelopment of the Richmond Hospital campus is about delivering contemporary mental health care that builds connection, improves lives and transforms the way care is provided.
“The events of the past year or so, really highlight the need for more accessible and responsive mental health services across our communities.
“This plan will allow us to better meet those needs by providing care that is truly person centred,” said Mr O’Driscoll.
“The design recognises the importance of Belmont House (built in 1892), which is significant to our history and a treasured part of the local community and our organisation. ‘The redevelopment will restore the prominence of this building on the site so that it will continue to live on for future generations to enjoy.”
Once the design passes planning approval it is planned to go to tender later in the year with first works commencing in early 2022 and an expected completion date in 2023.
A community forum will be held onsite on Wednesday, April 21 at 6pm, registration is essential via Humanitix: events.humanitix.com/st-john-of-god-redevelopment-community-forum.