The Hon Jillian Skinner MP
Minister for Health
Minister for Medical Research
NEW HEALTH FACILITY FOR GULGONG ON OLD HOSPITAL SITE
Gulgong residents will benefit from a new HealthOne facility that can be expanded to a Multipurpose Service (MPS), Health Minister Jillian Skinner, said today.
The successful tenderer for the project will be announced shortly.
The facility will be designed to enable expansion to an MPS following agreement by the Commonwealth Government and existing aged care providers.
In the short term the HealthOne facility will be developed on the old Gulgong Hospital site and will include Emergency Care Services as well as integrating GP services, primary care nursing services, community nursing, child and family health services, allied health services, pathology community and other services that are currently located in the town centre.
The new emergency care service will operate 12 hours per day from Monday to Friday and 8 hours on Saturday and Sunday.
Mrs Skinner says a HealthOne facility that can be expanded to an MPS that meets the needs of the community will deliver the safest and highest quality health care for Gulgong at this stage.
“I am aware the health needs of the Gulgong community may change over time and in consultation with the local member for Orange, Andrew Gee, I have asked that the new facility is designed to be expanded to an appropriate MPS.
“The NSW Government is willing to contribute money to the capital costs of an MPS but will require sufficient support from the Commonwealth Government for the ongoing recurrent costs.
“This is not about making rash decisions; this is about delivering timely quality health care and offering a sensible long term solution for patients.
“It’s important to recognise that in addition to the Occupational Health and Safety issues at the former hospital, demand had been declining. The average bed occupancy by all admitted patients decreased over the last three years from 40% to 18%.
“I have also received advice from multiple sources confirming that the old Gulgong Hospital building is contaminated and therefore unfit for use.
“I am committed to focussing on the needs of patients across the state, no matter where they live, and will keep a close eye on access to timely quality health care in Gulgong,” said Mrs Skinner.
The new facility is scheduled to be completed by early next year.