Joint Media Release
Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
Assistant Minister for Health
Dr David Gillespie MP
Federal Member for Lyne
10 December 2014
The opening today of new and expanded facilities at Port Macquarie Base Hospital will significantly improve access to quality hospital care by local residents and communities along the Mid-North Coast.
Speaking at the opening, the Federal Assistant Minister for Health, Fiona Nash, and Local MP, Dr David Gillespie, said the new facilities would help meet the growing demand for quality hospital services in the region.
“The Australian Government is committed to improving health services in regional New South Wales to help meet current and future challenges,” Minister Nash said.
“These new facilities will make a real difference to the lives of Port Macquarie residents and the Mid-North Coast region.”
Dr Gillespie said the redevelopment work has significantly increased capacity at the Port Macquarie Base Hospital, including a new medical 30-bed inpatient unit and a new seven theatre Operating Suite to replace the existing four theatres.
“The redevelopment enables a greater range of medical services to be offered locally—in particular surgery and emergency department services, as well as improved patient facilities such as a new critical care unit, a new paediatric inpatient unit, and improved mental health unit,” Dr Gillespie said.
“A larger emergency department, with dedicated entry point, will allow for more patients to be triaged, stabilised and provided with emergency care within clinically recommended times.
“The opening of these new facilities today will not only be welcomed by the local community, but also the many medical staff who have put a lot of time and effort over the years in helping to develop the plan for these important improvements.”
Minister Nash said the redevelopment project was funded through the Health and Hospitals Fund, with the Australian Government providing $96 million and the NSW Government $8 million.
The development will help address growing demand for clinical services in the region, improve access to surgery and emergency department services, and improve the delivery of hospital care in the region,” Minister Nash said.
Dr David Gillespie – Robert Nardella, 0433 141 433
Senator Fiona Nash – Kay McNiece, 0412 132 585