Dubbo electorate hospitals fast tracked for COVID-19

Two hospitals in the Dubbo Electorate have been leading the way in terms of fast-tracking building works to help provide extra care during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Member for the Dubbo electorate Dugald Saunders said the $71 million new Mudgee Hospital and the $150 million stages 3 & 4 redevelopment at Dubbo Hospital have been recognised as vitally important by the Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Health Minister Brad Hazzard.

“At both Dubbo and Mudgee hospitals Health Infrastructure has been working with the staff and building contractors to make sure the measures required to treat more patients are brought forward, and it was great to see the Premier and Minister Hazzard make mention of that today.”

“The Dubbo Hospital has very quickly ramped up work to ensure the critical care unit comes on-line well ahead of time, including more ventilated beds and specific areas for COVID-19 cases,” Mr Saunders said.

“At Mudgee the building workforce has been increased to enable the opening of the new hospital to be brought forward to the end of May, while the current hospital will be on stand-by to provide non-acute care if required.”

Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District Scott McLachlan said the entire team has responded extremely quickly and efficiently to ensure these hospitals have increased capabilities.

“It’s truly been a team effort, and I want to thank and congratulate all of the local staff involved, along with our builders and Health Infrastructure for combining to help speed up these projects.” “It will give our health district the ability to treat both acute and non-acute patients in the best possible way,” he said.

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