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Concerns over future of Murwillumbah Hospital

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Concerns that facilities will be downgraded or closed at Murwillumbah Hospital when the controversial new Tweed Valley Hospital in Cudgen near Kingscliff opens in 2023 have been addressed by Wayne Jones, Chief Executive of the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD). 

Mr Jones said that some sevices will move to Tweed Valley Hospital ‘to take advantage of the state-of-the-art theatre suite, digitised technology and enhanced specialty support for patients pre and post-surgery’.

However, he confirmed that ‘The vast majority of existing services which are provided at Murwillumbah District Hospital will remain in place, such as the Emergency Department, low-complex day surgery, inpatient wards, rehabilitation, palliative care, chemotherapy and renal dialysis.

‘Acute (complex) inpatient services will move to the Tweed Valley Hospital, while sub-acute (less complex) care will remain on-site at Murwillumbah,’ he said. 

‘Murwillumbah District Hospital was well-placed to continue delivering excellent care, thanks to its dedicated workforce and some recent and planned upgrades. There will be no loss of staff as a result of the changes, and staff who are affected will be supported to transition to their new respective facilities.’


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3 COMMENTS

  1. The Liberals and Nationals are saying, “trust us”? We promise you this and that, right up till the day after the next election. Then unfortunately if you trusted them, it’s the usual lies all over again! Hows that trust on the massive increases on electricity their privatisation “CHEAPER ELECTRICITY COSTS” promises cost you? Who he hell will even be the leader of the Liberals or the Nationals to deliver those promises, a week after the next election? Whats the “sports bet” odds on who will and for how long the next leaders and local reps will be in office for, before they are removed after yet another weekly “Independent” and ICAC investigations?

  2. Well that’s a bit contradictory isn’t it. Or perhaps a lot.
    We will be watching closely, and are very concerned that yet more services will be over 45 minutes away and prone to being cut off by flooding.

  3. Thank goodness Murwillumbah hospital is staying, such a great hospital and is needed in this area especially the emergency section, at last the government is doing something for Murwillumbah .

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