Bringing state-of-the-art healthcare to the South Western Sydney community
Construction at Gregory Hills started in late September 2021. The George Centre will be one of the most innovative health and wellbeing facilities in the region. As the centre piece of a new family-focused health campus, it will bring much needed maternity and paediatric services to communities in Camden, Campbelltown and surrounding areas.
Watch some fascinating time lapse photography the day the crane arrived.
About The George Centre
The George Centre will be one of the largest private hospitals in Sydney and the only private paediatric facility in NSW. Its features will include:
A five-storey building designed to facilitate the delivery of innovative maternity and paediatric care
State-of-the-art operating theatres, specialist maternity delivery suites, medical consulting suites, radiology, pathology, endoscopy and other allied health services
Support services including an education centre, pharmacy, hospital concierge, café and gift shop
A multi-level car park for the convenience of patients, staff and visitors
See what’s in store at The George Centre
Get a glimpse into how The George Centre will facilitate the delivery of exceptional maternity and paediatric services.
A more holistic approach to healthcare
More than just a hospital, The George Centre will be a community that provides care and support to patients and families. Its key focus is to provide the best patient experience by offering a truly patient-centric approach proven to enhance health and wellness.
The George Centre building is based on Evidence-Based Design, which encompasses design principles that improve patient, visitor and staff wellbeing. With this in mind, features include abundant natural light, outdoor gardens and play areas for younger patients, all of which can promote healing and speed up recovery times.
The maternity ward will create a home-away-from-home feel for patients as well as their partners and family. It will also include a special care nursery for extra support after birth.
Serving the needs of the community
The services provided by The George Centre will be a much-needed boost to the healthcare facilities available to the South Western Sydney region, which is home to the state’s fastest growing population.
The new facility will help to alleviate the current shortfall in paediatric and adolescent beds in the area, and ensure more families can remain close to home to access the healthcare services they need.
By expanding available services and working with local hospitals, the George Centre will help to deliver the best possible maternity and paediatric care to the community.
Part of the Acurio Health Group
The George Centre is part of the Acurio Health Group, which consists of leading hospitals, day surgeries and research centres located across greater Sydney.
The Acurio Health Group is a leader in healthcare design and delivery. Since the launch of Sydney Retina in 2000, the group now comprises five world-class hospitals, clinics and research centres across greater Sydney – all of which share a passion for technological innovation, groundbreaking research and patient-centric treatment.
All Acurio Health facilities, including The George Centre, aim to serve the needs of local communities and provide the highest quality of care for generations to come.
Frequently asked questions
Q: What services will The George Centre offer?
A: As well as maternity and paediatric services, The George Centre will offer medical consulting suites, radiology, pathology, endoscopy and other allied health services, as well as a community health hub to manage a range of health and wellness needs. It will be one of the largest private hospital facilities in Sydney and the only private paediatric facility in NSW.
Q: Why does The George Centre specialise in maternity and paediatric services?
A: To provide innovative healthcare for generations to come, we want to give children, parents and families living in South Western Sydney the best start in life. Through The George Centre, we can meet the urgent needs of the local community by improving access to healthcare at critical stages, to boost health and wellbeing.
Q: Why is it called The George Centre?
A: The George Centre is named after the father of Acurio Health Founder Professor Andrew Chang. It was chosen to reflect the importance of family, and leave a legacy for the young people of Western Sydney.
Q: How is The George Centre being funded?
A: The George Centre is a private hospital facility, and operates independently of public hospital funding.
Acurio Health is 100% Australian owned. Acurio Health Group starting with Sydney Retina clinic in 2000 has developed into one of Australia’s most innovative healthcare groups. Its vision is to redefine the future of healthcare by focusing on delivering a truly patient-centric experience that provides care beyond the medical issue.
Acurio Health’s joint venture with Home Consortium’s HealthCo arm will accelerate the ability to further elevate the healthcare standards for the Camden LGA and deliver the highest quality medical services to the local community. The George Centre, a $100m, 9,336m2 private maternity and paediatric hospital at Gregory Hills, makes up stage one, it will be followed by an integrated health and innovation precinct in stages two and three.
Q: How will The George Centre work with other hospitals in the area?
A: The George Centre will provide elective and primary care services. Acute care patients will be transferred to Campbelltown or Camden Hospitals, while those who need critical or specialist paediatric or neonatal care transferred to Westmead Children’s or Westmead Hospitals.
Q: Will it be accredited in the same way as public hospitals?
A: As with public hospitals, The George Centre will comply with all national health and quality standards.
Q: What makes The George Centre different from local public hospitals?
A: Unlike other hospitals, The George Centre has been designed with the special needs of families in mind to provide a home-away-from-home. As well as maternity services, it will provide a range of elective and day surgery procedures and offer increased flexibility and choice for patients and their families.
Q: What is holistic care and how does this differ from other care?
A: Our approach to care is all about supporting every patient as an individual, and looking beyond the medical concern to treat the needs of the patient as a whole. The George Centre is designed to manage a range of health and wellness needs and will also have a strong focus on patient choice and comfort including birthing preferences, post-natal care, and even food and accommodation.
Q: What is Evidence-Based Design and how does it relate to The George Centre?
A: Our approach is based on Evidence-Based Design, which encompasses design principles that improve patient, visitor and staff wellbeing. It includes design elements like abundant natural light, and access to outdoor gardens and play areas, all of which can speed up recovery times and promote healing.
Q: How will The George Centre fit in with the local environment?
A: The George Centre will align with and enhance the local environment. Manicured gardens will feature native species, to beautify the grounds and help patients feel at home. The building design and colour scheme has also been designed to fit in with the surrounding landscape.
Q: Will The George Centre create jobs?
A: The George Centre will provide numerous employment opportunities for the local community. In addition to the 40 full-time staff expected to be employed at the hospital, there will be many other opportunities provided by on-site medical services, businesses and contractors.
Q: How will The George Centre benefit the local community?
A: The George Centre will enable the local community to access world-class maternity and paediatric services. This will reduce travel times for families in the area and provide care that is closer to home. It will also benefit new mothers and families by providing a community hub with a focus on wellbeing.
Q: Why is a private hospital needed when there are public hospitals in the area?
A: The rapidly growing population of South Western Sydney and the current shortfall in hospital beds means both public and private health investment is needed. Current projections show a 148-bed shortfall in paediatric and adolescent beds in the area, growing to 346 beds by 2035. Currently, half of Camden residents leave the area to access specialist medical care. The new medical services will ensure residents can remain in their community for their family healthcare needs.
Q: When will The George Centre be completed?
A: Construction is due to begin in September 2021.
The George Centre is the first stage in the 5-hectare health precinct being developed by Acurio in joint venture partnership with Home Consortium’s HealthCo in Camden. It will be followed, by an integrated health and innovation precinct in stages two and three.
Q: Who is the Acurio Health Group that The George Centre is part of?
A: Acurio Health is a privately owned company with broad expertise in business, healthcare and clinical delivery. The Acurio Health Group comprises five industry-leading hospitals, day surgeries and research centres located across greater Sydney, including The George Centre. All strive to be at the forefront of the latest medical research, treatments and procedures with the aim of providing the highest quality holistic healthcare to the community.
Q: What is Acurio Health’s mission?
A: Our mission is to elevate healthcare standards by delivering the highest quality services that provide better experiences and outcomes for patients, and sustainable care for generations to come.
Q: What expertise has Acurio Health got in hospital management?
A: Acurio Health has extensive experience in developing and managing healthcare facilities that deliver the highest quality of care, while striving to service the needs of surrounding communities. Along with The George Centre, these facilities include the Sydney Institute of Vision Science, Norwest Day Hospital, Sydney Day Hospital and Sydney Retina.
Q: Why is Acurio Health expanding into maternity and paediatric services?
A: Acurio Health already has considerable experience in paediatric surgery and a passion for providing the best possible healthcare for the next generation. The George Centre will enable us to have a positive impact on the future of young Australians living in South Western Sydney while ensuring the optimal health and wellbeing of families in the community.
Q: Is Acurio Health backed by overseas interests?
A: No. Acurio Health is 100% Australian owned. Acurio Health Group starting with Sydney Retina clinic in 2000 has developed into one of Australia’s most innovative healthcare groups. Its vision is to redefine the future of healthcare by focusing on delivering a truly patient-centric experience that provides care beyond the medical issue.
Q: What is Acurio Health’s goal for the future?
A: Acurio Health’s vision is to provide the highest quality sustainable care for years to come. We are committed to the design, development and delivery of innovative, patient-centric care and will continue to provide this service for future generations.