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The new Maitland Hospital is being constructed on a 17 hectare site at Metford on the eastern side of Metford Road.

Following a review of 35 possible sites and a rigorous selection process, the Metford site was determined to best meet the criteria for the new hospital. This criteria included:

  • Accessibility to existing communities, transport links and support services
  • Proximity to population centres and areas of population growth and density
  • Travel time to other major public and private health facilities
  • Access to a skilled and specialist health workforce
  • Environmental and geotechnical factors
  • Consideration of flood prone areas and the implications for access and operation during flooding
  • Land characteristics such as slope, elevation and orientation
  • Potential cost to develop, including connection to utilities
  • Heritage and cultural aspects


The Metford site best met the above criteria and is approximately 15 minutes from the Hunter Expressway, is close to the New England Highway and other major link roads, and importantly, is close to an existing train station and public transport routes.