Steph Cooke stands in front of the Cowra Hospital sign.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed the next stage of the Cowra Hospital redevelopment.

The Western NSW Local Health District is currently refreshing the Clinical Services Plan for Cowra Hospital and Health service, which considers the health needs of the community, and how best to meet those needs into the future.

Ms Cooke said this was an important step in ensuring the hospital redevelopment was fit for purpose for the Cowra community.

“From the middle of June community consultation will be happening to paint a clear picture on what our current and future health needs are,” Ms Cooke said.

“This planning stage will engage clinicians, health service staff and the local community. It will mean the redeveloped hospital is the right fit for Cowra.”

Director of the Health Intelligence Unit at the Western NSW Local Health District Maryanne Hawthorn said the two month consultation process will include talking with various groups in the Cowra community to better understand health needs and perspectives.

“The clinical services planning process is about bring those issues together to form a clear plan for how health services will be delivered,” Ms Hawthorn said.

“The Cowra Health Council recently undertook an online survey with the Cowra community. There was a great return on the survey, with useful information on the health priorities for the community. The community consultation will build on this survey, and consider how to keep people in Cowra well and healthy now, and into the future.”

All community consultations will be undertaken in line with COVID-19 restrictions and public health advice using a range of mediums.

The Clinical Services Plan is the first step of the redevelopment’s planning phase.

For further information on the hospital redevelopment process visit Health Infrastructure NSW: https://www.hinfra.health.nsw.gov.au/our-business/how-to-build-a-hospital