NSW Nationals Candidate for Upper Hunter Dave Layzell has welcomed today’s announcement of a $45 million funding boost for stage 3 of the Muswellbrook Hospital.
The NSW Nationals in the state government will deliver stage 3 of the Muswellbrook Hospital Redevelopment with the planned $45 million project announced today by Deputy Premier John Barilaro, who was joined by Mr Layzell.
“Health services are a vital part to building a safer, stronger future for the Upper Hunter. By improving the services available locally here in Muswellbrook we will improve health outcomes for local people and the local community,” Mr Layzell said.
“We’ve already seen a new Emergency Department, and renal and chemotherapy services delivered thanks to the NSW Nationals in government, and now we’ll get improved maternity services and a new inpatient unit.
“As a father of four I know how important it is to have great maternity services available locally, and this will be a welcome boost for our region in attracting young families to live work and play in the Upper Hunter, as well as providing relief to those who already call this region home.”
Mr Barilaro said the proposed Stage 3, which has been in planning since 2018, will complete the hospital’s redevelopment by consolidating all acute clinical services into one building including Maternity Services which are currently in an isolated building.
“The people of the Upper Hunter deserve state-of-the-art infrastructure, facilities and services, especially when it comes to health,” Mr Barilaro said.
“The improvements we are announcing today include a new 26 bed inpatient unit, with two palliative care beds, a four-bed maternity inpatient unit and two birthing suites to ensure the best care for local mums and bubs.
“Construction on the new operating theatres will begin next year. This redevelopment will ensure we provide the most contemporary models of care across the board.”
Stage 3 of the redevelopment will also include:
• Paediatric Suite
• Two New Operating Rooms
• New Central Sterilising Service
• Staff zones
• Eight additional staff overnight rooms
• Refurbished inpatient unit, Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) and outpatient unit into community health spaces.