$1.5m extra funding as part of redevelopment of Muswellbrook District Hospital

MUSWELLBROOK District Hospital will receive $1.5m in extra funding to improve dental health facilities as part of the redevelopment of the premises.

Upper Hunter MP Michael Johnsen said the funding commitment for the hospital upgrade was $21.5m, which includes $20m in from the NSW Government’s Resources for Regions program.

“The government is steadfast in ensuring regional communities receive their fair share of funding for vital health services,” he said.

“The NSW Coalition government has identified additional funding, based on the needs of our local community, to improve the range of medical services at the Muswellbrook hospital.

“Access to vital healthcare is the right of all residents in regional NSW and the extra funding will address the changing needs of the Muswellbrook area now and into the future.”

In addition to the new dental facilities, Stage Two of the Muswellbrook District Hospital Redevelopment will deliver a range of health service improvements including:

* Larger treatment spaces and additional treatment chairs for renal dialysis and chemotherapy

* Improved spaces for medical imaging and pathology collection 

* Refurbished outpatient areas

* Enhanced space for patients attending Muswellbrook Hospital for day surgery

* Improvements to the main entry, reception and admission areas

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the additional funding showed the NSW Government was serious about delivering vital healthcare services to regional communities. 

“The NSW Government is delivering first-class health services and facilities to the Upper Hunter and putting the seat of Upper Hunter’s regional communities front and centre with a massive rebuilding program across regional NSW,” he said.

Stage Two follows on the first phase of the Muswellbrook District Hospital Redevelopment, which was completed in 2015 and included a new Emergency Department.