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Residents invited to have say on $111m Cessnock Hospital masterplan

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Following the release of the Cessnock Hospital masterplan, residents are being encouraged to have their say on the $111.5 million redevelopment.

The project, to be delivered in partnership by Health Infrastructure and Hunter New England Local Health District, is expected to modernise and improve facilities for the community while delivering new amenities for patients and staff.

It will include a two-level health services building, emergency department, overnight inpatient accommodation and theatre facilities, as well as a refurbishment of existing buildings.

Upper Hunter MP Dave Layzell welcomed the announcement.

“This masterplan highlights the vision for this significant health facility,” he explained.

“It marks the next step in the planning process to ensure we deliver the best possible hospital and range of services to support the needs of Cessnock and surrounding communities now and into the future.

“I encourage members of the public to come along to our community information day – on Wednesday 22 February at Cessnock Hospital between 10am and 3pm – where they can view the plans, ask questions of the project team and provide important feedback, which will help shape the planning of the redevelopment.”

Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the masterplan outlined key elements and priorities for the redevelopment, including how the new and existing facilities will be integrated with the existing hospital campus, as well as the improved access and connectivity to hospital services.

“Landscaping and connection with country are important components, too,” she stated.

“They’ll be considered as part of the design to ensure the hospital provides a welcoming and culturally safe environment.

“Consultation is also taking place with stakeholders including local health staff, Aboriginal Elders and Cessnock City Council to gain their vital input as well.”

After feedback on the masterplan is complete, further detailed planning will be carried out to inform the concept design for the redevelopment.

The community will continue to be updated as the venture progresses.

The redevelopment is part of the NSW Government’s record $11.9 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to 2025-26, with nearly a third of the capital allocation in this financial year going towards regional and rural health facilities.

Since 2011, the government has delivered more than 180 hospitals and health facilities across NSW, with approximately 130 projects currently underway.

Of those, more than 90 are in rural and regional areas.

For more information on the redevelopment, including the community information session, visit hneinfra.health.nsw.gov.au/projects/cessnock

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