Murwillumbah Hospital’s emergency department is to be upgraded under new funding announced by the state government.
Its medical ward will also be remodelled to accommodate palliative care beds under infrastructure funding as part of an $11 million package over three years for regional health around the state.
But the exact amount for Murwillumbah has not been disclosed.
Deputy premier Andrew Stoner and health minister Jillian Skinner said in a joint statement this week that the additional funding would help improve rural and regional health services.
‘This government has made it clear that boosting investment and services in regional NSW, particularly in health, is a top priority,’ Mr Stoner said.
Ms Skinner said that patients, doctors, nurses and communities in Murwillumbah ‘will certainly benefit from the better facilities and better services that will come with this new funding’.
Member for Lismore Thomas George welcomed the funding as a great boost for local health infrastructure.
‘The upgrade of Murwillumbah is something that I have long advocated and I wholeheartedly welcome the NSW government’s decision.’
But a spokesperson for Mr George told Echonetdaily that an exact figure for what Murwillumbah hospital would get was unavailable from the minister’s office and she didn’t know why.