Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke has welcomed today’s 2022-23 NSW Budget announcements, which includes an additional $40 million for the Cowra Hospital redevelopment.
Ms Cooke said this significant upgrade and injection of extra funds will ensure the local community and wider Cowra region will continue to have access to high quality healthcare now and well into the future.
“The NSW Government is investing in regional and rural healthcare and this significant funding boost will provide enhanced facilities and greatly improve access to health services in the Cowra region,” Mrs Cooke said.
“This $40 million investment included in today’s Budget will bring the total spend for the Cowra Hospital Redevelopment to more than $110 million, ensuring our community can access first-class health care as close to home as possible.
“The Cowra Hospital redevelopment is progressing well, with the master plan unveiled earlier this year. The new Cowra Hospital will include upgraded inpatient accommodation and contemporary inpatient and outpatient facilities and new health services, including the hospital’s first CT scanner.”
The additional funding boost will enable more services and facilities to be delivered, as part of the $110.2 million redevelopment including:
- An extra emergency department bay
- A second birthing suite
- Two additional inpatient beds
- Three additional chairs for renal and oncology
- Four additional dental chairs
- Enhanced training and educational facilities.
- Landscaped facilities once the hospital is built, to ensure patient’s their carers and staff have access to a calming outdoor environment
The concept design for the redevelopment is being finalised and expected to be released for community consultation in the coming months.
Regional Health Minister Bronnie Taylor said the NSW Government is committed to ensuring the millions of patients cared for in our hospitals and communities each year have the best experience possible.
“Whether you’re up in the Tweed or down in Eurobodalla, in Finley or in Grafton, at Wentworth or Goulburn, the NSW Government is building better health services for your community,” Mrs Taylor said.
“Since 2011, the NSW Government has built or upgraded more than 180 health facilities with more than 120 completed in regional and rural areas and even more works on the horizon.”
Mayor of Cowra Shire Council Bill West has welcomed the additional investment in the crucial project on behalf of the Cowra community.
“I thank the NSW Government and I acknowledge the tremendous work of Steph Cooke and the support also of Minister Taylor, for ensuring the redevelopment of Cowra Hospital will meet the health needs of our community into the future,” Cr West said.[/et_pb_text][/et_pb_column][/et_pb_row][/et_pb_section]