Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke officially opened the new $2.3 million Temora Hospital operating theatre upgrade today.

“What a fantastic day for this community, today we cut the ribbon on an incredibly important hospital upgrade for my home town of Temora,” Ms Cooke said.

“This upgrade ensures the community of Temora has access to a modernised operating theatre and procedure room.”

The upgrade includes a refurbished theatre with new equipment including a new operating table, pendant lights, new service panels for oxygen and improved work flows for transferring patients in and out of theatre.

“Clinicians and other hospital staff worked closely with the architects on the final layout and clinical flow of the theatre,” Ms Cooke said.

“We acknowledge the members of the local community who advocated for the upgrade so the hospital can continue to provide a contemporary surgical service to local patients,” she said.

The theatre upgrade complements the $390,000 upgrade to the medical ward at Temora Hospital completed in February.

This work included replacement of vinyl floor coverings, air conditioning and some painting in the medical ward. In addition a new fire alarm system was installed.

In June, Parliamentary Secretary for Health Ms Leslie Williams announced a further $67,000 of refurbishment works will occur at Temora Hospital to upgrade staff amenities.

This will include a refurbished kitchenette and new furniture and fittings for this area, new staff locker and change room facilities, new general store room and replacement of a patient shower and toilet area within the general ward.