New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian
New South Wales Minister for Health Brad Hazzard
$434 Million For Redevelopment Of Shoalhaven Hospital
Victor P Taffa
New South Wales Government has announced Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital will be redeveloped to significantly improve healthcare services for residents of the South Coast.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian, Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward, made the announcement at the hospital today.
“This $434 Million investment in Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital is the result of the strong advocacy of local members Shelley and Gareth. I am proud to announce today that this record health investment for the region will now go-ahead.” Premier Berejiklian said.
“We have a record hospital rebuilding program where we are creating world class hospitals and creating thousands of construction jobs across New South Wales.”
“This incredible investment is only possible because of the strong economic management of the New South Wales Liberals & Nationals.” Premier Berejiklian said.
Redeveloped Shoalhaven Hospital will see significant community benefits which are likely to include:
- Expanded elective surgery,
- Expanded maternity services,
- Expansion of outpatient and ambulatory care zones,
- Increased capacity in the Emergency Department,
- More operating theatres,
- More surgical, acute medical and aged care beds.
Mrs. Hancock said the $434 Million investment will deliver new and upgraded health facilities so residents on the South Coast no longer have to travel for some services.
“It’s very important that we continue to invest in our regional hospitals to ensure patients can receive high quality health care closer to where they live.” Mrs. Hancock said.
“Shoalhaven Hospital is my local hospital. I make no apologies for fighting hard for the unprecedented investment for our patients, doctors, nurses and staff.” Mr. Ward said.
“Shoalhaven Hospital is no longer a ‘cottage hospital’ and this investment will future-proof our region.”
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said planning for the new facility was announced in the recent budget, so the district is well advanced in determining the range of health services needed as part of the redevelopment.
“We want to ensure this facility and its staff can continue to deliver first-class care for patients well into the future.” Minister Hazzard said.
Minister for Mental Health Tanya Davies said the New South Wales Government is committed to providing better access to mental health care.
“It’s crucially important to see mental health services integrated into modern hospital developments as part of New South Wales Health’s core business, which is why I am so pleased as part of this $434 redevelopment, mental health facilities will be expanded.” Minister Davies said.
Redevelopment of Shoalhaven Hospital is in addition to the New South Wales Government’s $251 Million commitment to rebuild Shellharbour Hospital.