$45 million for stage 3 of Muswellbrook Hospital

Published: 10 May 2021

Released by: Deputy Premier

The NSW Government will deliver stage 3 of the Muswellbrook Hospital Redevelopment with the planned $45 million project announced today by the Deputy Premier John Barilaro alongside the NSW Nationals candidate for the Upper Hunter Dave Layzell.

Mr Barilaro said the proposed Stage 3, which has been in planning since 2018, will complete the hospital’s redevelopment by consolidating all acute clinical services into one building including Maternity Services which are currently in an isolated building.

“The people of the Upper Hunter deserve state-of-the-art infrastructure, facilities and services, especially when it comes to health,” Mr Barilaro said. 

“The improvements we are announcing today include a new 26 bed inpatient unit, with two palliative care beds, a four-bed maternity inpatient unit and two birthing suites to ensure the best care for local mums and bubs.

“Construction on the new operating theatres will begin next year. This redevelopment will ensure we provide the most contemporary models of care across the board.”

Stage 3 of the redevelopment will also include: 

  • paediatric suite
  • two new operating rooms
  • new central sterilising service
  • staff zones
  • eight additional staff overnight rooms
  • refurbished inpatient unit, Central Sterile Supply Department (CSSD) outpatient unit into community health spaces.

Stage 1 of the Redevelopment was completed in 2015 which included a new Emergency Department. This stage cost $6.5 million, including a $2.5 million donation from BHP and $4 million from the Restart NSW – Resources for Regions program.

Clinical spaces in the new ED included:

  • three acute treatment beds
  • a paediatric treatment bed
  • a two-bed resuscitation bay for critically unstable patients
  • consult rooms
  • a procedure/plaster room
  • a room for assessing patients who are experiencing mental health and other issues
  • a private room for women experiencing difficulties in early pregnancy 
  • a room to accommodate patients with infectious respiratory illnesses
  • pathology and pharmacy spaces

Stage 2 was completed in 2019 at a cost of $20.1 million to the NSW Government, and included new renal and chemotherapy services, as well as:

  • improved spaces for medical imaging and pathology collection
  • refurbished outpatient areas
  • oral health services
  • an enhanced space for patients attending Muswellbrook Hospital for day surgery
  • improvements to the main entry, reception and admission areas

The NSW Government has committed $10.7 billion of capital investment over the four years to 2023-24 on health infrastructure. 

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