Clinical operations are underway today at the $70.7 million Mudgee Hospital, boosting the health sector in the town and the wider Mid-Western region.
Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the Western NSW Local Health District and Health Infrastructure have worked together to bring forward the opening as part of the COVID-19 response.
“It’s great to see that from today the new hospital is operational, providing the district with extra capacity to manage the potential impacts of COVID-19,” he said.
“The new facility will enable Mudgee’s highly valued health staff to provide the very best care to the community for years to come, and is particularly important right now during this pandemic.”
“Investment in health in our rural communities is vital. The value of hospitals to our communities extends far beyond healthcare. Developments like this one in Mudgee provide positive economic and social flow-on effects within regional communities.”
The $70.7 million Mudgee Hospital Development includes an emergency department and ambulatory care, a maternity unit, general medical and surgical units, a peri-operative service, as well as oral health, renal dialysis and oncology services.
The hospital will also have a CT scanner, a first for the Mudgee health service. This will dramatically reduce the amount of transfers outside of the hospital for CT scans.
“It’s been an incredible journey to see this hospital emerge from nothing”, Mr Saunders said.
“I’d like to congratulate the many workers involved, along with the clinical staff who provided input along the way. This is a great day for health in Mudgee.”