The NSW Government will spend $6.4 million to expand Wyong Hospital’s Cancer Day Unit as part of a $500M regional and rural health package.
The Day Unit will deliver specialist cancer ambulatory treatment services, to complement the recently opened $200 million expanded Wyong Hospital.
Regional and rural communities across NSW will benefit from a more than $500 million investment in health that will deliver enhanced health services and more jobs closer to home.
Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Adam Crouch, said it was “fantastic to join NSW Premier, Dom Perrottet, Deputy Premier, Paul Toole and Minister for Health, Brad Hazzard, to announce $500 million towards regional and rural health services across the state.
“This includes $6.4 million for a major expansion to Wyong Hospital’s Cancer Day Unit, providing increased specialist cancer treatment services and bed capacity increasing from 10 to 26,” Crouch said.
“This is great news for our region and complements the $200 million recently completed Wyong Hospital, providing outstanding care and services to people throughout the Central Coast.”
“We have delivered more than 110 health projects in regional NSW since 2011 with another 70 currently underway and we are continuing to get the job done,” Perrottet said.
“Our focus has always been ensuring rural communities get their share of health upgrades so staff and communities have access to enhanced services on their doorstep.”
The Wyong Hospital commitment was the second-smallest announced.
The investment includes additional funds for a number of projects, including: $111.5M for Cessnock Hospital redevelopment; $60M towards the new Eurobodalla Regional Hospital, bringing the total investment to $260 million; $25M for Finley Hospital; $6M for biomedical equipment upgrades across the Western NSW Local Health District; and $1 million for planning for a Wagga Wagga Health and Knowledge precinct.
Deputy Premier Paul Toole said the funding is on top of the $900 million rural infrastructure spend in 2021-22.
“We’re rolling out record investment for new and upgraded regional and rural health facilities to build on our vision to make regional communities the best place to live,” Mr Toole said.
“We are also backing in this infrastructure spend with new initiatives that help ensure we have the workforce needed in the regions to deliver the quality of care our communities deserve.”
Source: Media release, Nov 27, 2021 Dominic Perrottet, NSW Premier