Scoping is underway with work to begin mid-year on a $200,000 refurbishment of the Cootamundra Hospital palliative care unit.
Cootamundra Hospital is one of 34 palliative care facilities across the state to be refurbished over the next two years thanks to NSW government funding.
The rooms will include a kitchenette, ensuite, new floor coverings, paint and soft furnishings.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District community care manager Summa Stephens has welcomed the announcement, describing it as an exciting opportunity for Cootamundra hospital.
“This will provide the support necessary for people who choose to have treatment in the palliative care unit, with the idea being that it will be more comfortable and family-friendly,” she said
Ms Summers said MLHD worked hand-in-hand with the local hospital managers to understand what they needed.
“This formed part of the application for funding, so the request came directly in partnership with the hospital and what they saw as a priority,” she explained.
Murrumbidgee Local Health District Chief Executive Jill Ludford said the refurbishments will help bring some comfort to people at the end of life.
“We are really pleased to be upgrading our specialist palliative care services so that we can offer care as close to home as possible,” said Ms Ludford.
“Families play such a pivotal role during end of life for palliative patients so it’s important that the space encourages loved ones to stay and take part in care and wellbeing.”
Work on the unit is expected to start in June 2020 and is due for completion in June 2021.