MEMBER for Eden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly celebrated with the community on Friday as he turned the first sod on a new 20-bed, sub-acute rehabilitation unit at Moruya Hospital.
The unit – which is being fully-funded by the Federal Government with $11.8million in capital costs and around $6million in recurrent funding – will have a strong focus on older patients and improve care by delivering a range of additional services.
New facilities will include single and two-bed patient bedrooms, therapy spaces, a dining and lounge area, gym, kitchen, laundry, more staff areas and a new pharmacy.
Patients will benefit from more local rehabilitation services, greater access to sub-acute care, provision of care close to home after having major procedures at larger hospitals, and an ideal river-front environment in which to recuperate.
Dr Kelly said he was delighted that the facility, which was one of his 2010 election promises, was now officially underway.
“The community told me very clearly how badly needed this unit was - I worked on the project with Federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek and now we are delivering it,” Dr Kelly said.
“These 20 beds are a significant increase in the hospital’s capacity and build on the unprecedented $329million our Government has invested in health across Eden-Monaro, including $47million to improve facilities here in the Eurobodalla.
“When I came into office in 2007, health services had really suffered from years of appalling neglect under the Howard Government.
“We are now on the road to repairing that neglect and providing Eurobodalla residents with the health services they deserve.”
Federal Government initiatives are changing the health landscape in Moruya itself, with the $700,000 Queen St Medical Centre now open and construction about to begin on a $10million Medicare Local doctors and nurses training hub.
Dr Kelly said the new sub-acute unit was expected to be completed by May, 2014.