Health facilities across Murrumbidgee Local Health District will be improved as part of an $8 million funding boost under the NSW Government’s Rural Health Minor Works Program.

Member for Cootamundra Stephanie Cooke announced Murrumbidgee Local Health District will get $829,500 for two projects, which will enhance health care for local residents.

Cootamundra Emergency Department is receiving $461,500 to relocate the Emergency Department closer to the hospital’s ambulance entrance, while West Wyalong Community Health Service is to receive $368,000 to relocate the current off site Community Health Centre onto the hospital site.

“I’m so pleased to be able to announce this funding from the NSW Government which will make a big difference to the residents of Cootamundra and Bland Shire,” Ms Cooke said.

“The Liberals & Nationals Government is committed to boosting health services for patients in the bush, who were ignored by Labor for far too long,” she added.

“We are delivering more than half a billion dollars in health capital works in 2017-18 for rural and regional communities in NSW.

“The Rural Health Minor Works Program will improve access to high-quality health care for people in rural and regional areas, including in the Murrumbidgee.”

Under the upgrades, entrances and exits will be moved so patients and community members have easier access to the hospital as well as between departments within the hospital.

Since 2011-12, over $2 billion has been allocated to develop rural and regional hospitals in NSW.

More than half of the health-infrastructure managed projects worth over $10 million currently underway in NSW are in regional and rural areas.

These 33 projects are worth an estimated $4.8 billion dollars across the state.