$10.6 Million For Port Macquarie Base Hospital Mental Health Expansion

$10.6 Million For Port Macquarie Base Hospital Mental Health Expansion

Mental health patients receiving care at Port Macquarie Base Hospital will benefit from a further $10.6 million from the 2017-18 Budget, to continue the expansion of the hospital’s inpatient mental health unit.

Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams said the investment in Port Macquarie’s inpatient mental health unit will enhance services, particularly for older people and young adults.

“The funding will improve the amenity and environment for patients being cared for at the facility, through upgraded activity, dining and lounge areas,” Mrs Williams said.

“Engaging and consulting with consumers on the mid north coast about the works have been a key component of the planning and design phase, and those levels of engagement will continue,” Mrs Williams said.

Minister for Mental Health, Tanya Davies, said this is a boost of $10.6 million to build on the recent major redevelopment at Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

“The NSW Government is committed to providing the investment needed to improve the care and service provided in NSW mental health facilities.”

The scope of works for the expanded mental health unit will include:

flexible arrangement of patient rooms with natural light

quiet spaces

multifunctional activity room

dining and lounge areas

landscaped courtyards.

“This new unit will give a helping hand to those who need it. The NSW Government continues to put people, not process, at the centre of the mental health care system,” Mrs Davies said.

Detailed designs for the expansion of the unit have been completed and tenders for construction are expected to be released soon. Construction is due to begin later this year.

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