Liberal candidate for Bega, Dr Fiona Kotvojs, welcomed the Health Minister’s commitment to deliver a state-of-the art $260 million Eurobodalla Regional Hospital, which will help safeguard the healthcare needs of the local community.
Dr Kotvojs said the NSW Government had made a considerable investment in the region’s healthcare needs, including funding for the Hospital which will serve as a home for a larger, revitalised health workforce.
NSW Government’s funding for Southern NSW included:
- $20 million funding for a HealthOne for Bateman’s Bay
- $15 million for modern, sustainable accommodation for health workers close to health facilities, as part of a $45 million program for key health workers accommodation across the regions
- An additional $60 million (total $260 million) to ensure that all services and facilities that needed to be delivered at Eurobodalla Regional Hospital, are delivered.
“The Liberal and Nationals Government, in no small way due to the outstanding advocacy and representation by Andrew Constance, has already delivered level 4 health services at South Eastern Regional Hospital, and by 2025 our community will have the new $260 million Eurobodalla Regional Hospital welcoming patients from across Batemans Bay, Moruya and Narooma with its level 4 services,” said Dr Kotvojs.
Minister for Health Brad Hazzard said the Eurobodalla Regional Hospital will be a magnet for a bigger, revitalised health workforce.
“This is an amazing part of NSW and is an ideal home for medical, nursing and allied health professionals to have great careers while supporting the south coast community with their vital health care needs,” Mr Hazzard said.
“Work that is necessary for the Eurobodalla Regional Hospital to open with expanded services at Level 4 is already well underway.”
“When the NSW Liberal and Nationals Government was elected in, in 2011, after 16 years of Labor Government, there were no level 4 health services on the south coast. When Labor was in government, health services were closed. Now there are massive new hospitals that have been built, or are being built.
“That’s a great success for the south coast, being delivered by the Liberal and Nationals Government,” Mr Hazzard said.
*Levels assigned to hospitals describes the level of clinical services, not hospitals or health facilities as a whole. The new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital will include: an emergency department, an 8 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU) /Close Observation Unit (COU), increased capacity for chemotherapy treatments, surgical and operating theatres, expanded medical imaging, including MRI and additional X-ray; ambulatory care for community outpatient services, paediatric and maternity services – including inpatient beds; flexible mental health beds associated with the medical inpatient unit and enhanced education and training facilities.