The Hunter Valley community is celebrating first-class health care close to home, with the official opening of the NSW Government’s $470 million new Maitland Hospital.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard, joined by Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Taylor Martin, today marked the milestone for the new hospital, which has seen significantly enhanced and expanded health services.
“The NSW Government is committed to ensuring that everyone in our State has access to the very best healthcare possible closer to home,” Mr Hazzard said.
“This incredible facility delivers a range of new and expanded services and has substantial capacity to expand in the future, ensuring the health needs of the community continue to be met.”
Minister for Regional Health and Mental Health Bronnie Taylor said today’s official opening marks a historic milestone for the community.
“The NSW Government’s $470 million investment is delivering the latest treatment and diagnostic services, including some that weren’t previously available,” Mrs Taylor said.
“This hospital sets a new standard for healthcare in the region, featuring more beds and treatment spaces, increased maternity services and a sensory room for mental health patients – a first of its kind in NSW.”
Mr Martin said cancer treatments, including chemotherapy and immune therapies, are available locally for the first time with a dedicated 12-chair oncology treatment centre so patients no longer need to travel to Muswellbrook or Newcastle.
“Projects like this also boost economic growth, with almost 5,000 new jobs created as part of the hospital development, including work for 58 previously unemployed locals through the Maitland Connectivity Centre,” Mr Martin said.