Work to upgrade the Tamworth Hospital Rehabilitation Unit will soon begin, Hunter New England Health has announced.

Chief Executive Michael DiRienzo said that upgrading the Rehabilitation Unit is a priority now the $211 million Tamworth Hospital redevelopment is nearing completion.

“Earlier this month I visited Tamworth Hospital and took some time to speak with staff and patients in the Rehabilitation Unit. Many of them raised with me their desires for the unit to be improved. I’ve also discussed the issue with the local member Kevin Anderson,” Mr DiRienzo said.

“I am pleased to announce that we will begin planning now to determine the priorities for a refurbishment of the Rehabilitation Unit.”

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson MP welcomed Hunter New England Health’s commitment to make improvements to the Rehabilitation Unit.

“This is great news, I have had many calls and letters about the rehab unit and I thank the Chief Executive Michael DiRienzo for committing to improve this facility. I am pleased to see that Hunter New England Health is continuously improving the facilities at Tamworth Hospital.

“The Chief Executive has shown this by making funds available to improve the Rehabilitation Unit, which is an important service for many people in our community.

“I look forward to watching the project as it moves forward and will ensure the community is kept up to date on its progress.”

Executive Director of Rural and Regional Health Services Susan Heyman said the works will be completed this year, and will be directly funded by Hunter New England Health.

“In recent years the Rehabilitation Unit has undergone improvements, such as the installation of a new air-conditioning unit, refurbishment of bathrooms and expanded storage facilities,” Ms Heyman said.

“In the short term, we will prioritise the refurbishment of an additional two bathrooms and work will begin to upgrade the veranda and gardens.

“Planning will identify any additional works that may be required to assist patients, staff and their families to be more comfortable. These will be completed over time.”  Ms Heyman concluded.

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