The NSW government has opened an important extension to one of the key hospitals in western Sydney in a bid to reduce waiting times.
Federal minister for health Tanya Plibersek, along with state minister for health Jillian Skinner, officially opened the $87 million surgical wing at Nepean Hospital on March 12.
The extension comes as part of a $139 million redevelopment plan for the hospitals to accommodate for the region's increasing population.
The new East Block features six operating theatres and two surgical wards, which will accommodate up to 60 patients.
"The building has been designed to include capacity for future expansion to meet the needs of the growing population," Ms Skinner said.
"The facility will boost the number of surgical services offered by the hospital and will go a long way towards reducing surgery waiting lists for patients," Ms Plibersek added.
Local residents with health insurance may also be able to avoid long waiting lists, as well as having a choice in doctor, by attending a private hospital.
A new Centre for Oral Health is also due to open at the site later this year, along with a new 64-bed mental health unit to be completed in 2013.