Deputy Premier Troy Grant, Health Minister Jillian Skinner and Clarence MP Chris Gulaptis have announced that a re-elected Liberals & Nationals Government will construct a $7 million ambulatory care centre on the grounds of Grafton Hospital.
It is expected the existing annex, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and pathology buildings would be demolished and a new single storey facility will be constructed in the north-western section of the Grafton Hospital campus.
Mr Grant said the project will get underway in the next term of the Liberals & Nationals Government if re-elected on March 28.
“Patients will benefit from a more consistent co-located approach to ambulatory care through the construction of this $7 million purpose-built centre that will enhance the services provided at Grafton Hospital,” Mr Grant said.
“The Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to enhancing rural and regional health services and this is a great example of this commitment in action.
“Chris Gulaptis has worked hard to bring the issues concerning his community to the Government’s attention and his advocacy has paid off.
Mrs Skinner said ambulatory care centres play a vital role in the delivery of comprehensive care for patients.
“The funding will be used to construct a modern state-of-the-art facility for staff to deliver their first-class care for patients and provide a workplace they can be proud of,” Mrs Skinner said.
“The $7 million investment in this new centre will also act as a magnet to attract new clinicians to the area.”
Chris Gulaptis said a new ambulatory care centre for Grafton has been on his agenda.
“Only the Liberals & Nationals Government can be trusted to deliver enhancements to rural and regional health services,” Mr Gulaptis said.
“Many local patients and their loved ones will benefit from the construction of this one-stop-shop style facility.
“The $7 million commitment will bring a number of services under one modern roof, an outcome I know staff and patients alike will welcome.”
If re-elected, the Liberals & Nationals Government will make a record investment of more than $5 billion in infrastructure to make our health system the strongest in the country – which will result in total infrastructure spend reaching almost $10 billion over an eight year period.
Put simply, the Liberals & Nationals Government will spend more in eight years than Labor spent in the entire 16 years it was in government.