Member for Myall Lakes Stephen Bromhead has hailed the first stage of a $40 million hospital redevelopment as great for his electorate.

The NSW Nationals MP joined Hunter New England Health chief executive Michael DiRienzo and Community Health advocate Nita Reed to open the first stage of the Manning Hospital Redevelopment. Construction works on the new outpatients building is now complete and clinical staff are moving in.

Mr Bromhead said patients from Taree and the wider district will now have greatly improved access to healthcare in a more connected, user-friendly environment. The new and refurbished clinical areas include:

  • The Nita Reed Dialysis Unit, an eight chair renal dialysis unit that includes one isolation room, plus two home training chairs.
  • Cancer Care Services, an eight chair chemotherapy unit, including 1 isolation room and a procedure room.
  • Consultation spaces, six shared consultation spaces for visiting specialists.

The redevelopment also includes introduction of a new car park for renal dialysis and chemotherapy patients.

The redevelopment has been constructed with the Manning community’s future health needs in mind. The site revitalisation will significantly improve the health service environment for both patients and the hospital community.

“I am pleased to have been able to work with Michael DiRienzo to ensure the contribution made by Ms Reed to delivering renal dialysis services to the Taree community has been recognised through the naming of the new unit The Nita Reed Renal Unit,” Mr Bromhead said. “The Nita Reed Community Dialysis Centre opened in the 1980s, and was Australia’s first community-based dialysis centre. Ms Reed led a decade long community fundraising drive to establish the centre, and it has gone on to play an important role in our community.”