$632 million boost for Campbelltown Hospital

Boost: Campbelltown Hospital will receive a $632 million injection in this year's state budget.
Boost: Campbelltown Hospital will receive a $632 million injection in this year's state budget.

Campbelltown Hospital will receive a $632 million injection to accommodate the growing region.

On Saturday NSW Premier Glady Berejiklian unveiled the funding which she said would cater for a larger emergency department and improved mental health services.

The money will also expand the capability of paediatric services – though there was no mention of a dedicated children’s hospital.

An extra $5 million will also be allocated for a bigger car park.

Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell – the major driving force behind the upgrades – said he expected physical work would begin on the hospital within the next 12 months.

“I expect you will see movement sometime this year,” he said.

“The great thing is planning is well and truly underway.”

Details of what the increase in mental health and paediatric services will consist of have yet to determined.

Though Mr Rowell said services would make a huge impact on the ability to be able to treat Macarthur residents locally.

“I don’t know those details today and they won’t be in the budget because a clinical services plan has to be ticked off,” he said.

“But this will be a huge boost for paediatric services in the area.

“It will be like having a Westmead (Children’s Hospital) out at Campbelltown but it will be connected to the hospital.

“We will see more nurses, doctors, administration staff and clinicians. It will be a huge employment boost for the region.”

Camden MP Chris Patterson (Liberal) also praised the funding boost and said it would beneficial to current residents and “future generations”.

“This announcement will save lives,” he said.

“It’s one of those things that is good for our entire region.

Ms Berejiklian lauded the major funding boost while appearing on a video posted to Wollondilly MP Jai Rowell’s Facebook page.

“This will make it (the hospital) a start-of-the-art hospital for a growing community,” she said.

“We know families here rely on health services day in and day out and now they’ll have world class facilities on this site to be able to cater for every need.”

Campbelltown MP Greg Warren said he “welcomed the announcement” but would not get too excited until he saw more details which would hopefully be released when the budget was announced tomorrow.

“I’ll always welcome any funding that’s good for Campbelltown,” he said.

“Figures are always good but we need to know details like how it will be allocated and a timeline.

“I hope it’s not another piece of spin.

“It’s also worth noting there is a whole level that is being unused at Campbelltown Hospital.

“A lot of the time we don’t need more bricks and mortar, rather more doctors, clinicians and nurses.”

Macquarie Fields MP Anoulack Chanthivong said he anticipated the announcement regarding the finer details of how and where the money would be spent.

“A hospital has to be more than buildings – you need a steady and committed stream of funding for doctors, nurses and any other services needed in the running of a hospital,” he said.

Macarthur MP Dr Michael Freelander (Labor), who has operated as a paediatrician in the region for more than 30 years, said more paediatric surgery services should be high on the agenda.

He also said expanding paediatric emergency services and sub-speciality services – like cardiology and respiratory – should also be a major focus of the state government.

Dr Freelander also said as far as he was aware, the government had not held any discussions with anyone from the hospital’s paediatric department.


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