Construction Starts On New Mental Health Unit

Construction Starts On New Mental Health Unit

The start of construction on the new $17.5 million Mental Health Unit at Port Macquarie was officially celebrated today, marking an exciting new chapter in mental health services for the local community.

Parliamentary Secretary for Regional and Rural Health and Member for Port Macquarie Leslie Williams turned the first sod alongside mental health experts and staff from Port Macquarie Base Hospital.

“I’m very excited about construction starting for our new facility which will operate as a modern, first-class mental health unit for Port Macquarie upon completion,” Mrs Williams said.

“The NSW Government is committed to tackling mental health issues in regional and rural areas across the state. For this facility, we are investing an additional $2.5 million on top of the $15 million originally committed. The $17.5 million facility is an election commitment we are proudly delivering.”

Mrs Williams said the new unit will enhance the care provided to all mental health patients across the region.

“This new unit will double the number of mental health beds and expand our hospital’s capacity to care for young and elderly people,” Mrs Williams said.

The construction contract for the new unit has been awarded to A W Edwards, and will include:

  • secure patient rooms with natural light
  • quite spaces for relaxation
  • a multifunctional activity room
  • dining and lounge areas
  • dedicated staff stations
  • secure landscaped courtyards; and
  • an interview room.

Consultation with consumers, through the District’s Mental Health Consumer Advisory Group, has been a key component of the planning and schematic design phase. Construction of the project is scheduled for completion in mid-2019.

Health Infrastructure and Mid North Coast Local Health District will continue to keep staff and the community informed as work progresses.

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