The concept design for the $45 million third stage of the Muswellbrook Hospital redevelopment has been unveiled, providing the local community with its first look at the enhanced health facility.
Nationals Member for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell said the project builds on significant redevelopments already delivered at the hospital, consolidating all acute clinical services into the one building to provide state-of-the-art health facilities and enhanced health services.
“This redevelopment will provide the Upper Hunter community with quality health care closer to home and ensure better health outcomes for our region’s needs now and into the future,” Mr Layzell said.
“The next stage of this hospital redevelopment will deliver a new inpatient unit, operating suite and sterilising services department, and also house maternity and birthing services within the main building,” Mr Layzell said.
“It will also provide eight new overnight rooms for staff providing comfort, convenience and security for staff who require accommodation.
“We’re encouraging the local community to have their say and provide feedback, which will help inform the planning and design of this hospital.”
Nationals Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health, Bronnie Taylor said the redevelopment would significantly improve workflow for staff and facilitate contemporary models of care to ensure a more efficient and sustainable health service.
“Staff will benefit from a better integrated facility and contemporary workspace, while patients, families and carers will feel welcome within the new facility which has been designed to provide a culturally respectful place for treatment and care,” Mrs Taylor said.
The next stage of the redevelopment complements $28 million in health infrastructure upgrades delivered as part of Stages 1 ($6.5 million) and 2 ($21.5 million), which included an upgraded emergency department and other new clinical areas.
Staff and the local community are being invited to attend an information session with Health Infrastructure and Hunter New England Local Health District to learn more about the project at the Muswellbrook Workers Club on Friday 24 June from 12:30-2pm.
Feedback can also be provided online via the project’s webpage.