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Tuesday, 19 June 2018

An upgraded Emergency Department and a new maternity ward are the highlights for the Cooma community following additional funding of $8.6 million for Cooma Hospital in the 2018-19 NSW Budget announced today. Member for Monaro, John Barilaro said this brings the total funding for the hospital redevelopment to $18.6 million.

“This is exciting news for our community and I want to thank everyone involved for helping to deliver this funding,” Mr Barilaro said.

“The birth of a baby is a monumental time for any family and with this funding our local families will be supported in a new, state of the art maternity ward.

“In addition, there will be an upgrade of radiology services, a new main entry, refurbishment of patient waiting areas and changes to upgrade the physical environment.

“When nurses, doctors and support staff have modern facilities, they can spend more time focussed on delivering essential healthcare to patients and supporting their families.

“Cooma Hospital is at the very heart of our community and these improvements mean locals will continue to receive the healthcare they need closer to home,” Mr Barilaro said.

Parliamentary Secretary for Southern NSW Bronnie Taylor welcomed the announcement.

“As a nurse who worked at Cooma Hospital for just under 20 years, this is an incredible announcement,” Mrs Taylor said.

“These additional upgrades will allow the wonderful staff to continue to provide high quality health care in an improved facility.

“This announcement is another great investment in Cooma’s exciting future.”

In addition to this vital investment in regional health, the NSW Government is funding 1370 new medical jobs across the state.

“There’s no room for error when it comes to health, which is why we are investing in our health system and funding positions for 950 new nurses and midwives, 300 new doctors and 120 new allied health workers across the state,” Mr Barilaro said.

“I’m proud to be part of a government that is investing in solutions to continually improve health facilities for all people in NSW.

“A hospital is not just about the facilities, but relies on the hard work of staff to keep things running and ensure people receive quality medical treatment.

“These new positions combined with the investment in health infrastructure will result in greater capacity for surgeries, less waiting time and better and faster emergency care in hospitals and health services.”