More services closer to home: Member for Upper Hunter officially opens $7m Singleton Hospital upgrade

From the hard-working hospital auxiliary to our mayor and local councillors, all in attendance were impressed with what they saw when Member for the Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen, officially opened the $7 million upgrade to the Singleton Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

OFFICIAL OPENING: Susan Heyman, executive director rural and regional health, with Member for the Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen.

OFFICIAL OPENING: Susan Heyman, executive director rural and regional health, with Member for the Upper Hunter, Michael Johnsen.

However, before cutting the obligatory red-ribbon Mr Johnsen praised the efforts of Singleton’s Health Service Manager, Wendy Mason-Jones, and her “wonderful” staff.

And, was pleased to say they now have the facilities to match. “Providing the best health care, close to home, is always our goal,” he said. The new two-level upgrade integrates seamlessly with the existing structure and is set to house increased renal dialysis services, community health, specialist clinics, pathology, and imaging services.

While the finishing touches are still being applied; the construction phase is complete – and now the demolition of the old community health building will occur to make way for the new car park. Mr Johnsen said patients from the Singleton district and surrounds now have greatly improved access to healthcare in a more connected, user-friendly environment. “Staff are moving in to service our local Singleton community, and these upgrades include new and refurbished clinical areas, over two levels, include renal dialysis, community health, specialist clinics, pathology and imaging services,” he said. “These important upgrades replace outdated demountable buildings and an old brick cottage, which previously required patients to leave the hospital building for some services including CT scan, and ultrasound.” “The front entry to the hospital has been redesigned for ease-of-use with enhanced disability access. A centralised reception and waiting area on each floor will make the hospital much easier to navigate for patients and families, and a new lift provides an important backup for the single lift that previously serviced the entire hospital.” “The new renal dialysis unit has two additional dialysis chairs and an isolation room to cater for current and future demand.”

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