Patients who undergo surgery at Armidale Hospital during summer will soon have a more comfortable recovery now that two of the old hospital’s wards are fully air-conditioned.

NSW Nationals Member for Northern Tablelands Adam Marshall said over the Christmas break work was undertaken to air condition the old surgical ward and maternity ward.

“Last year hospital staff contacted me with concerns the lack of cooling was causing stifling conditions on the ward which was inhibiting the ability of patients to recover post-surgery and discomfort for new families in the maternity section,” Mr Marshall said.

“Staff reported temperatures last summer reached 35 degrees in the surgical ward, with the only way of reducing the temperature being to open the emergency exit door and use two large fans to circulate the air.

“I wrote to Hunter New England Local Health District CEO Michael Di Rienzo expressing the community’s frustration, requesting action be taken as soon as possible to air condition the wards.

“The last thing somebody needs after going through surgery is to find themselves in a sweltering room and unable to rest, which is why I’m pleased action has been taken.

“The lack of air-conditioning also meant doctors, nurses and wards men had to undertake their strenuous roles in uncomfortable conditions which staff have said greatly impacted their ability to work. I hope now this new addition to the hospital improves the experience for both staff and patients.”