Health Minister Brad Hazzard said completing the redevelopment on the Macquarie University site instead would add no extra cost to the project.
“This idea certainly elevates our plans for the delivery of 21st century, cutting-edge healthcare for patients,” he said.
“Co-locating the hospital with a world-class university to create a health and education
hub would bring new opportunities for research in addition to training and education.”
Should the government accept the proposal, Mr Hazzard said the Eastwood site, which includes the 148-year-old Denistone House building, would remain state property and continue to provide the community with health and wellbeing services.
The new site would also be wholly publicly owned and operated by the Northern Sydney Local Health District.
Member for Ryde Victor Dominello said the proposal would allow for minimal disruption to healthcare in the northern suburbs, as the hospital at its current location would be able to operate until the new hospital opened.
The move would place the hospital, currently located about a 15-minute walk from Eastwood or Denistone stations, closer to Metro train stations and more bus links at Macquarie University and Macquarie Park.
Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor Professor S Bruce Dowton said the exact location of the proposed hospital on campus was yet to be determined.
“There are a number of possible sites, none of which will interfere with the university’s teaching and research activities, but it is early days yet,” he said.
Further consultation will occur with hospital staff, the local community and the university.
Professor Dowton said he imagined the new location would present opportunities for Ryde Hospital to work with the private Macquarie University Hospital, which is also on the university’s campus.
“We hope that there will be opportunities to collaborate on medical and health services research and clinical trials,” he said.
Professor Dowton said the university would be seeking medical and allied health student placements at the hospital as part of its existing agreement with Northern Sydney Local Health District.
Mary Ward is a health reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald.