Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Tweed MP Geoff Provest today visited The Tweed Hospital to announce a $48 million commitment to begin the upgrade of the facility if the NSW Liberals & Nationals are re-elected.
The $48 million investment will deliver upgrades to the emergency department, an enhancement of wards and specialist units and a new multi-storey car park.
Mr Grant said the upgrade of The Tweed Hospital is a priority and work will start in the next term of the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government.
“The Tweed Hospital cares for patients right across the north coast and this $48 million commitment will ensure it can deliver its first-class care in a first-class facility,” Mr Grant said.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals have a proven track record in investing in health services right across the north coast to ensure communities here have the very best when it comes to patient care.”
Health Minister Jillian Skinner said The Tweed Hospital provides comprehensive care for its community and these upgrades will benefit patients and staff.
“The Tweed Hospital is a remarkable facility but it is tired and in need of an upgrade to ensure it meets patient demand into the future,” Mrs Skinner said.
“I thank Tweed Hospital staff for their commitment to planning the future of this facility and Geoff Provest for his tireless efforts campaigning on their behalf.
“Northern NSW Local Health District will work with Health Infrastructure to progress the redevelopment. It will commence in the next term of government if we are re-elected.”
Mr Provest thanked the Health Minister for the commitment.
“I know the importance of this upgrade - it’s why I fought so hard to ensure we received this commitment,” Mr Provest said.
“Having a modern hospital is of crucial importance to our community - both patients and staff deserve to have facilities that are up to scratch.
“It’s the difference between investment and inaction. Labor is all hot air. They had their chance for 16 years in government to start this redevelopment but failed to act.
“They didn’t care about Tweed then and, now an election is upon us, they’re turning on the political spin machine. They’re a day late and a dollar short.
“Having a Nationals MP’s voice in government is delivering real outcomes, not just meaningless political rhetoric, for the Tweed. Actions speak louder than words.”
Northern NSW Local Health District and Health Infrastructure will work with local clinicians to prioritise the scope of works for the project.