In two weeks’ time the NSW Government will deliver the 2018-19 State Budget and Member for South Coast Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward are calling on the Berejiklian Government to secure funds for Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.

Mrs Hancock said the Shoalhaven was one of the fastest growing regions in NSW with demand for health services steadily increasing.

“Now is the time to begin planning and prepare our local hospitals to meet future demand,” Mrs Hancock said.

“The NSW Government has committed more than $60 million to Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital in recent years including $10 million for the expansion of the carpark.

“However the hospital site is reaching capacity and we need to start seriously thinking about how we will optimise existing infrastructure and services, and complement work already undertaken by the NSW Government, to meet growing demand.

“Securing money in this year’s budget for planning works at the hospital will be the first step to helping us understand the best way forward.

“It is essential for the local community and the hardworking doctors, nurses and allied health professionals that we plan for the future.

“It’s about better understanding the hospital’s needs and demand issues and what design will best improve efficiency and capacity.

“I ask that in the upcoming state budget the NSW Government continue its track record of delivering for the communities of the South Coast and allocate funds to Shoalhaven Hospital.

“Seeing this project realised is of tantamount importance to South Coast residents and I call on the Berejiklian Government to secure funds for the hospital in the upcoming budget.

“The NSW Government’s strong economic management is why we’ve been able to deliver on record investments across our region such as the Princes Highway and Shoalhaven Hospital, as well as support for local schools, businesses, seniors and families.

“Our track record speaks for itself and I’m looking forward to seeing it continue in this year’s state budget,” Mrs Hancock said.

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward said: “Shelley Hancock and I have worked together over the years to deliver the South Coast Cancer Care Centre, the second Linear Accelerator, additional car parking spaces and an upgraded and expanded Emergency Department at the Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital.

“We have also fought to deliver a dedicated Acute Aged Care Unit, more mental health beds and more junior medical interns as Shoalhaven Hospital.

“Our record is one of delivering for the patients, nurses, doctors, medical staff and visitors to Shoalhaven Hospital.

“As somebody who grew up and went to school in the Shoalhaven, I want us to have the best medical infrastructure and services possible to meet the Hospital’s needs and the growing demand for services.

“That is why, together with the Member for South Coast, we are both calling on the NSW Government to commit funding for the Shoalhaven Hospital in the forthcoming 2018-19 State Budget,” Mr Ward concluded.