OUTPATIENT CENTRE DELIVERS FOR NEW ENGLAND
Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson today announced the Outpatient Centre at Tamworth Hospital is fully operational, delivering better facilities and more convenience to patients across the greater New England region.
“Patients are now able to go to one place for outpatient appointments, which is particularly important for those with chronic diseases or multiple conditions that require treatment from a range of clinics,” Mr Anderson said.
The Outpatient Centre - spread over two floors in the newly-refurbished Bruderlin Building - is part of the $211 million Tamworth Health Services Redevelopment Project, to which the Commonwealth Government contributed $120 million.
Mr Anderson said “Services offered at the centre include fracture clinic, obstetrics and gynaecology, antenatal, paediatric, community nursing, diabetes, physiotherapy, cardiorespiratory and more.”
“Every clinic room is equipped with Telehealth facilities, which gives remote or less mobile patients the opportunity to receive their consultation in their own home or their home town in consultation with their GP.”
“The centre also has a new carpark with 53 spaces, which will be of great benefit to patients visiting for renal dialysis services, cardiorespiratory services, physiotherapy and other conditions with limited mobility,” Mr Anderson said.
The North West Cancer Centre, the Acute Services Building and refurbishment of the majority of the existing 1883 and Bruderlin buildings have already been completed as part of the redevelopment.
Mr Anderson said he was pleased that local contractors and apprentices were being engaged wherever possible to carry out the works, including 20% of the labour workforce being local apprentices receiving training directly through the project.
“Our community can be proud that so many locals can put their hand up as having been part of this project,” he said.
Refurbishment of the Orthopaedic Ward will be finalised in early 2017.