More funds for hospital equipment
COFFS Harbour Health Campus is set to receive 20 new acute care beds and vital medical equipment, as one of 52 regional hospitals sharing in an extra $27.6 million funding allocation.
The new beds total $6 million, while the hospital will also receive a new cardiac monitoring ETC machine and specialty neurology camera equipment valued at $389,000.
The new funding has been announced by Federal Health Minister Nicola Roxon and her NSW counterpart, Carmel Tebbutt, and follows the $1.2- billion allocated over four years to NSW through the health reform agreement with the Federal Government.
“This investment includes more than $11 million in new medical equipment for emergency departments and surgery at 51 regional hospitals, and $9.9 million for 33 new beds across Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour and Ballina Hospitals,” Ms Roxon said.
North Coast Area Health Service chief executive Chris Crawford said the additional acute care beds were greatly needed at the hospital.
“The Coffs Harbour hospital as we know is always under quite a lot of pressure, due to the workloads experienced. This announcement is part of a multi-pronged response to the hospital’s clinical care demands and is very much welcomed,” he said.