Brookfield Multiplex’s delivery of a new $130 million forensic and prison hospital project on the site of Sydney's Long Bay Correctional Complex signifies a significant investment in forensic and mental health facilities in NSW.
The Long Bay Forensic and Prison Hospital Project was awarded to Brookfield Multiplex after an extended tender process. It involved the design, construction, commissioning, maintenance and the provision of soft services for two new hospitals at the Long Bay Correctional Complex.
The new Forensic and Prison Hospital comprises a 135-bed forensic facility, built on the site of the current prison hospital. This is operated by Justice Health on behalf of NSW Health. The second component is an 85-bed prison hospital operated by the Department of Corrective Services.
The Forensic Hospital treats patients in a hospital environment, while the perimeter of the building provides maximum security. This new model of care allows inmates who become mentally ill to receive appropriate treatment inside the perimeter of the Long Bay Correctional Complex. As a result, the building design is essentially residential in character, providing a more benign environment, while still maintaining the necessary levels of security.
The new hospital facility provides for a range of services including a medical and surgical in-patient unit and aged care. It has been built adjacent to the Metropolitan Medical Transient Centre (MMTC), which currently provides a range of outpatient, ambulatory and primary care health services for inmates.
The complex also incorporates an area for long stay patients and a sporting and recreational centre.