Local Health Boost: Patients to benefit from Queanbeyan Hospital MOU
Member for Monaro John Barilaro welcomed news of the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the ACT and NSW Governments, which will see more local patients receiving care and treatment at Queanbeyan Hospital.
Mr Barilaro said many patients will benefit from the agreement between ACT Health and Southern NSW Local Health District.
“This arrangement means some patients will be able to have low-risk elective surgeries and caesarean births at Queanbeyan Hospital instead of travelling to the ACT for treatment and care,” Mr Barilaro said.
“This is a win for our community and demonstrates our commitment to ensuring local patients can receive care closer to home is delivering real benefits.
“Patients want the opportunity, if clinically appropriate, to be cared for in the comfort of their community and the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government is delivering this.
“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will fund the additional services and provide the necessary resources required – this is a common sense investment.”
Mr Barilaro said local patients will be contacted shortly regarding their ACT surgery and the availability of their treatment being offered at a hospital closer to where they live.
“I’m incredibly proud of our local health services and they care they provide,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The staff working in our local hospitals are second-to-none – they deliver first-class, quality care for patients.
“Only the Baird Government can be trusted to support these staff as they deliver their life-saving and life-changing care.”
It is expected this agreement will provide up to 300 NSW-based patients with access to surgery within NSW until July 2015 and approximately 660 patients next year.