The $500,000 renovation of the Tamworth Hospital Rehabilitation Unit is now complete which means that patients have been able to move back into the upgraded ward, Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said.
Mr Anderson said that for the past year, Hunter New England Health has been working on significant improvements to make the ward as comfortable and functional for patients and the hard-working staff who care for them. 
“I have received many calls and letters from our community over the years about the need to improve the Rehabilitation Unit, so I’m pleased Hunter New England Health committed funding to make the ward as modern as the rest of the hospital.
“The major revamp has provided a range of significant improvements including new showers, bathrooms, kitchen, staff station and laundry complete with new vinyl flooring and energy-saving appliances.
“All patient rooms have new wardrobes, fresh paint, over-bed LED lighting, new window coverings as well as service panels for medical gasses and equipment. 
“Outside, the garden has been revitalised with new plantings and is screened by a new fence. New non-slip tiles have been installed on the veranda and the ward’s roof has been repaired. 
 “I’m sure patients, their families and the hard working ward staff will appreciate these upgrades for years to come,” Mr Anderson concluded.
Hunter New England Health Executive Director, Rural and Regional Health Services Susan Heyman said the upgrade was an important step to bringing the Rehab Unit on par with the modern facilities delivered by the $211 million Tamworth Hospital redevelopment.
“We knew from consistent patient and community feedback that the Rehabilitation Unit needed to be our next big focus once the redevelopment was done,” Ms Heyman said. 
“The significant upgrades really have brought the unit in line with the new services we have across the rest of the hospital. 
“Many patients stay in the unit for weeks and sometimes months at a time, so I’m pleased that following a year of intensive consultation, planning and building work we can now provide a comfortable environment where they can make the best possible recovery.” 
This round of upgrades complements a range of improvements made to the unit in recent years, such as the installation of a new air-conditioning unit, refurbishment of bathrooms and expanded storage facilities.



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