Lake Macquarie Private Hospital
Part of Ramsay Health Care

See below for a list of Lake Macquarie Development media releases

Lake Macquarie Private Hospital is pleased to announce the completion of an expansion project that significantly increases on-site parking availability for patients and visitors.

The project adds 120 new car park spaces to the existing patient and visitor parking facilities. The new parking area is conveniently located on Hughes Street Gateshead, just a short walk from the hospital's main entrance. These additional spaces will help to alleviate parking congestion and improve the overall experience for those visiting LMPH.

Existing designated disabled parking spaces remain close to the main entrance for continued ease of access. The patient drop-off and pick-up zone also remains situated in close proximity to the main entrance, ensuring a smooth and efficient arrival and departure process.

This expansion reflects LMPH's ongoing commitment to providing a comfortable and convenient environment for all patients and visitors. The additional parking options will contribute to a more streamlined experience for those seeking healthcare services at the hospital.

Patients and visitors, please be advised that our Hughes Street car park will be closed from Monday 8th May until Friday 10th November 2023 while construction is underway on an additional 120 car parking spots. We thank you for your patience and understanding as we enhance our facilities.

Disabled parking is still located close to the main entrance of the hospital. The patient drop off and pick up zone is also situated in close proximity to the Hospital Main Entrance.

In the interim we have arranged 2 offsite locations for our staff, patients and visitors to use; shuttle buses will run on a continuous loop and will pick you up at these locations, deliver you to the hospital then return you to your car after your visit. These services are free of charge and locations are listed below:

Location 1

Ernie Calland Rugby Field, Willow Street Gateshead – this car park is available all day until 4pm at the latest and the last bus will leave the hospital at 3.45pm. All cars must be moved from this car park by 4pm or your car will be locked in.

Rugby Parking

Location 2

Charlestown Netball Courts, Bula Street Charlestown – this car park is available from 7.00am to 8.00pm for visitors. Please park on the grassed section of the car park.

Netball Parking

Akalan Projects have recently completed the new DOSA located on level 2 below the existing Reid Ward, and are currently managing the construction of the Operating Theatres expansion located at the Sydney Street entry.

The Operating Theatre expansion works include:

  • 2 x New Inpatient Operating Theatres
  • New LINK to Medical Centre
  • New DOSA
  • Staff Change and Dining Rooms.
  • New Level 1 LINK to the existing hospital
  • New Café
  • New Lift

Other upcoming projects include:

  • Hughes Street Carpark expansion (additional 146 carapaces) due to commence in April 2023
  • CSSD Expansion on O’Brien Street due to commence in March 2023

Akalan LMPH Site team –

Senior Project Manager – Raphael Pullin

Senior Site Manager – Peter Black

Project Manager – Oliver stone

Contracts Manager – Jordan Kissane

Supervisor – Graeme McFarlane


Key Design and Planning Update

Akalan are also Project Managing the design and approvals of the future Stage 3 Ward Tower and hospital development currently with Lake Macquarie City Council and the Department of Planning for assessment.

  • Significant State Development Application (SSDA) for the Stage 3 New Ward Tower (9 Storey Building) has been pre-lodged with Department of Planning for review.
  • Planning Proposal for additional height limit has been exhibited by LMCC and is now proceeding to final assessment stages.
  • CSSD - Design is progressing completion in preparation for commencement of construction.

Construction Update

Stage 2 - Operating Theatre Expansion Works

  • Demolition has progressed within the existing theatre complex with close coordination with hospital management to minimise any disruption to operations.
  • Structural Steel Frame Erected ready for Level 1 modular unit installation.
  • Modular unit installation scheduled for Saturday the 18 March 2023
  • New lift works underway due for completion in April 2023

CSSD Expansion

  • CSSD Expansion due to commence in March 2023

Hughes street carpark

  • Hughes street carpark upgrade to commence April 2023

Upcoming disruptions

  • Hughes Street Carpark will be closed from early April 2023 for expansion – temporary carparking arrangement will be provided – Wiripaang Public School grounds and Ernie Calland rugby fields (Transfer Bus to operate between rugby fields and hospital)
  • O’Brien St – New CSSD Expansion will impact South/Eastern carparks on O’Brien Street from March 2023 – December 2023

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A State-significant proposal to expand Lake Macquarie Private Hospital at Gateshead marks the first step towards creating a next-generation health precinct for the Hunter Region.

The planning proposal from Ramsay Health, which goes on public exhibition today, outlines a blueprint to rezone the site and increase height limits from 10m to 37m at its northern end to allow for a 10-storey hospital building.

The new tower would house surgery theatres, ward beds, car parking and consulting suites, alleviating the strain on the existing 187-bed facility, which runs at or near capacity most of the time.

Lake Macquarie Mayor Kay Fraser said the planning proposal and proposed rezoning of the site from medium density residential to infrastructure (health services facilities) paved the way for a larger transformation in years to come. “A cluster of state-of-the-art medical facilities and services at Gateshead, including Lake Macquarie Private Hospital, would create an expanded, regionally significant health precinct for our city,” she said. “These services will be increasingly important as our population ages and increases, and will create new jobs, increase skills and generate flow-on benefits for our local economy.”

The proposal aligns with the Hunter Regional Plan 2036 and the Greater Newcastle Metropolitan Plan 2036, which both earmark the area for a regionally significant health precinct.

Ramsay initially considered increasing height limits across the whole hospital site, but limited it to the northern section to minimise disruption. If it proceeds, the hospital expansion is expected to create 800-1000 direct and flow-on jobs during construction, and almost 200 once complete.

Lake Macquarie Private Hospital CEO Sharon Rewitt said the development proposal was the result of more than five years of planning.“On completion, the improved hospital will offer 248 private inpatient beds, 14 operating theatres, three cardiac catheter labs, plus hybrid and vascular labs,” she said. “Critical care, intensive care and an enhanced 24-hour emergency department, radiology and oncology services will also be provided.”

Lake Macquarie City Council Manager Integrated Planning Wes Hain said a broader precinct plan would be developed in 2023 to identify car parking, public transport and other services and infrastructure needed to meet the precinct’s future demands. “It will also provide controls for private development and address other public domain improvements,” he said.

Council will consider feedback collected during the exhibition period before making a decision on the planning proposal early next year. If approved, the proposal will proceed to the NSW Government, where it will be lodged as a State-significant development application.

Ms Rewitt said the expansion would roll out across five stages, hopefully to be completed in 2027. “The development is focused on careful expansion and we look forward to growing with the community,” she said.