Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson has announced $750,000 in funding to upgrade Gunnedah hospital’s birthing suite and general ward under the NSW Government’s Rural Health Minor Works program.

Mr Anderson said Gunnedah Hospital’s Birthing Suite will receive a $400,000 upgrade and $350,000 be allocated to refurbish the hospital’s general ward.

“This funding will deliver better health facilities for people in Gunnedah and the district, we are part of a growing community and I want to ensure that the investment into our local health services continues.

“The $400,000 birthing suite upgrade includes the construction of an ensuite for the second birthing room suite, a new baby bathing area and two new patient bathrooms.

“I know parents want their baby to be born in their home town so it’s really important to provide the appropriate and safe facilities for that to occur.

‘‘This will complement the excellent work and tireless fundraising efforts of PRAMS (PaediatRic And Maternity Support) Gunnedah.

“The General ward will see an upgraded to the nurses’ station and better functionality for the doctors to do their work as well as a general facelift for clinical areas.

“This latest announcement comes after the $2 million upgrade to Gunnedah Hospital which was completed last year and included the replacement of the roof of the administration and community health block at Gunnedah Hospital, upgrade to the hospital’s Clinical Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) and operating theatre and the replacement and extension of the hospital’s kitchen.

“Upgrading our health facilities is a big priority for me and I will continue to work hard on behalf of Gunnedah to make sure we get our fair share.

The NSW Government is delivering better health care to regional and rural areas and building more hospitals and health facilities than ever before.” Mr Anderson concluded.

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