The road to the Gunnedah Hospital’s $53 million renewal and upgrade has begun with the NSW Budget and a Community Consultation committee is part of the first steps.

Member for Tamworth, Kevin Anderson said the consultation committee would be working closely with Hunter New England Area Health and it would be full steam ahead with the planning process.

“This is such great news for the Gunnedah community, they have fought hard for this project and the work begins to deliver on it.

“The hospital is so important to Gunnedah, it’s where people are born and where they die, so the planning is critical.

“I want to thank PRAMS, the Hospital Auxiliary, the Local Health Committee, community and Council who have been pushing hard for this upgrade for a long time.

“I know they will be with us every step of the way in this project. Parts of this hospital have not been upgraded in more than 50 years. 

“This planning will help to decide whether there are dialysis chairs and how many are needed, chemotherapy facilities – everything we need for a leading edge, community hospital.

“We will have all this critical information collated when the clinical services plan is completed.

“I know the Gunnedah community is ready for this renewal and upgrade of their hospital and I am absolutely certain we’ll get incredibly strong support when the committee is formed.

“I have been speaking with HNEAH Chief Executive Michael DiRienzo and he has committed to begin service planning for Gunnedah.

“We will be meeting soon to begin the process to work up the scope and milestones of the consultation process,” Mr Anderson concluded.

Mr DiRienzo said he is expecting to meet with Mr Anderson soon to discuss the path ahead.

“Hunter New England Health welcomes the future investment into Gunnedah Health Services,” Mr DiRienzo said.

“To begin the process, we will commence planning for the future redevelopment. This process will involve both staff and the community, and will begin in the coming months.”

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