Main works for the $470 million new Maitland Hospital have started.
Hunter Liberal MP Taylor Martin said residents will now start to see work taking shape on site including the construction of the seven-storey acute services building, with a roof top helipad.
"Main works include the construction of the new hospital's concrete structure, facade, entry arbour, new loading dock, engineering services plant rooms, internal sealed roads, on grade car parking and pathways," Mr Martin said.
Further main works include the internal fit out works, finishes and equipment installation including signage and wayfinding, landscaping to external areas and courtyards and an upgrade of the existing Chelmsford and Metford roads roundabout.
Almost 5000 new jobs are expected to be created as a direct result of work commencing on the project.
Mr Martin said the new hospital is scheduled to open in 2022 and will deliver a range of services and increased capability in the form of more beds and treatment spaces to better meet the changing healthcare needs of the community.
"The hospital will provide emergency care, surgical services, critical care, maternity services, paediatric care, cardiac catheterisation, inpatient beds, mental health, palliative care, chemotherapy chairs, outpatient clinics and dental," said Mr Martin.
"Car parking for patients, staff and visitors is also a key priority." Early works to prepare the site for construction are now complete and included bulk earthworks, site establishment, clearance of vegetation, stabilisation and retention of surrounding native landscaping, connection of temporary and permanent services (water, sewer, power, gas, communications), associated in-ground infrastructure works, formation of building foundations, drainage works and excavation of sub-level structures and construction of internal un-sealed road ways and temporary construction parking zones.