Patients, staff and visitors to Pambula Hospital will soon enjoy new carpet, updated fixtures and fittings and refurbished inpatient wards.
The improvements at a cost of $1 million are the final phase in a broader refurbishment of the hospital.
Bega MP Andrew Constance said the final work will get underway in February next year with detailed consultation with staff, patients and the community taking place beforehand.
Pambula Hospital Acting Nursing Manager Kelly Jurd said it was pleasing to improve the environment for everyone using the ward.
Ms Jurd said the refurbishment has already made a marked improvement to the hospital.
“The initial work has really improved the facility, providing a better design and functionality to the way patients are cared for,” Ms Jurd said.
“The latest round of refurbishments has also provided patients with an additional toilet, parents' room and a kids' corner near the new waiting area.”
This final stage of work is on top of an earlier $1.6 million cash injection from the NSW Government. This included a new main entry and reception, a refurbished Assessment, Treatment and Care Clinic, treatment spaces, bathroom facilities, and an exercise room.
Patients will be temporarily moved while the last of the building work takes place.
“The refurbishment work can create a lot of noise and dust, so it makes sense to move our patients to a more appropriate setting. As patient safety and care is our number one priority, we’re talking with patients and staff about relocating them to South East Regional Hospital (SERH) while the work is underway,” said Ms Jurd.
Once the refurbishment stage is finished, the patients and staff will return to the new wards which are expected to be completed by May next year. The Urgent Care Clinic will remain open seven days a week from 8am to 8pm throughout the renovations.
The $2.6 million in funding for the Pambula Hospital refurbishment compliments the $187 million state-of-the-art South East Regional Hospital which is approaching its third year of operation.