Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed the Service Statement for the new Maitland Hospital at Metford has been released.
"The NSW Liberal National Government is delivering on its promise,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The community of the Lower Hunter can see for the first time the increased breadth of services expected to be delivered at the new hospital.”
“They include - emergency, emergency short stay, psychiatric emergency, intensive care, critical care, enhanced medical and surgical inpatient services, perioperative suite, maternity and delivery suites, pediatric and adolescent services, expanded imaging and support services, cardiac catheterisation lab, day chemotherapy, mental health including an acute inpatient unit, rehabilitation, ambulatory care and outpatient services.”
Services are being planned with an anticipated 13% increase in population in the Lower Hunter catchment over the next decade, but with changing age profiles.
The Statement includes an intention to provide a range of professional and vocational study streams and research opportunities.
The community can see there will be more than a 50% increase in bed numbers and 12 chemotherapy chairs on site.
"The 2018 State Budget handed down last Tuesday allocated $23.5 million towards this $470 million Health Infrastructure project. We anticipate a preferred contractor will be announced in the next six months.”
“Only a Liberal National Government can deliver this vital Hospital for the Maitland region."
The New Maitland Hospital Service Statement can be viewed at http://www.hnehealth.nsw.gov.au/about/Pages/New-Maitland-Hospital.aspx