The Hunter Valley community is celebrating first-class health care close to home, with the official opening of the new $470 million Maitland Hospital.
The major strategic priorities for the new hospital are:
• Emergency services, Emergency Short Stay Unit (ESSU) and Psychiatric Emergency Care
• Intensive care and critical care
• Medical and surgical inpatient services
• Peri operative suite, including enhanced day surgery
• Maternity services and delivery suites, including assessment rooms
• Paediatric and adolescent services
• Imaging and support services
• Day chemotherapy
• Mental Health, including an acute inpatient unit
• Ambulatory care and outpatient clinics.
Nationals Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said the official opening marks an historic milestone for the community.
“The NSW Government’s $470 million investment is delivering the latest treatment and diagnostic services, including some that weren’t previously available,” Mrs Taylor said.
“This hospital sets a new standard for healthcare in the region, featuring more beds and treatment spaces, increased maternity services and a sensory room for mental health patients – a first of its kind in NSW.”
Cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and immune therapies, are available locally for the first time, with a dedicated 12-chair oncology treatment centre so patients no longer need to travel to Muswellbrook or Newcastle.
Projects like this also boost economic growth, with almost 5,000 new jobs created as part of the hospital development, including work for 58 previously unemployed locals through the Maitland Connectivity Centre.