Catherine Cusack Duty MLC for Port Stephens announces $8 Million Dollar Health Facility for Nelson Bay

Mayor Ryan Palmer, Councillor Jaimie Abbott, Councillor Glen Dunkley, Catherine Cusack Duty MLC for Port Stephens, Councillor John Nell, Tomaree Community Hospital Service Manager, Gary Spain and Tomaree Community Hospital Nursing Unit Manager Alison Bowen at the soon to be upgraded Tomaree Community Hospital site. Photo by Marian Sampson.
Mayor Ryan Palmer, Councillor Jaimie Abbott, Councillor Glen Dunkley, Catherine Cusack Duty MLC for Port Stephens, Councillor John Nell, Tomaree Community Hospital Service Manager, Gary Spain and Tomaree Community Hospital Nursing Unit Manager Alison Bowen at the soon to be upgraded Tomaree Community Hospital site. Photo by Marian Sampson.

 

THE Bay is to gain an $8 million State-of-the-Art HealthOne facility which will share the site of the Tomaree Community Hospital.

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This announcement follows on the heels of X-Ray services becoming available at Tomaree Community Hospital early next year.

Catherine Cusack Duty MLC for Port Stephens told News Of The Area, “This improvement in infrastructure for the residents of Port Stephens is the realisation of an election promise from past NSW Premier Mike Baird.”

She believes the new facility will see an improvement in the delivery of health services to the people of Port Stephens and reduce their need to travel to access services.

With the site for the facility identified, the planning and scoping for the new service is now underway.

“All existing health services on the Tomaree Community Hospital site will be rehoused in the new facility.”

The key differences between HealthOne facilities, and other facilities, is that they offer integrated care provided by general practice and community health services, organised multidisciplinary team care, care across a spectrum from prevention to continuing care and client and community involvement.

The one shop stop for health services on the peninsula will enable people to access allied health services within their own community.

“The state of the art facility will also assist Port Stephens to recruit top doctors and practitioners,” she said.

Gary Spain Tomaree Community Hospital Service Manager said, “The new service will be modelled on Raymond Terrace HealthOne, the funds are targeted at community and allied health access and will see residents staying in their own homes longer,” he said.

Port Stephens Mayor Ryan Palmer told News Of The Area, “It is a huge asset for Port Stephens’ aging population to have access to facilities on the Tomaree Peninsula, delivered on the same site as the hospital.”

He believes the facility will greatly reduce residents need to travel to access quality health services.

“The facility will become the heart of this community’s health needs,” he said.

Port Stephens Councillors will be involved in the planning phase for the facility, providing their local knowledge to ensure that the planning team will have the benefit of strong local knowledge.

Councillor Jaimie Abbott said, “This investment in Port Stephens shows that the government is listening to the needs of this community, it is wonderful to have the government here and delivering for Port Stephens,” she said.

While the services which will be offered in the new facility are not yet finalised, consideration is being given to increased imaging services, general practitioner services and dental services.

The investment in the future of Tomaree Community Hospital and the associated health services will be greatly beneficial, creating a sustainable future for the health services provided to the community.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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