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.’