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Friday, April 06, 2018

Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has released the first image of what the new Mudgee Hospital will look like saying he was excited to see the completed schematic designs. 

“The design team have done a superb job on the plans for the new hospital,” Mr Grant said.  “This is the NSW Government delivering on our commitment to the community, the schematic design is the first opportunity the staff and the community will have to see how the new hospital will look.”

The $70.2 million Mudgee Hospital redevelopment involves a major upgrade to the existing health service, focusing on the expansion of inpatient and ambulatory care services. 

The upgraded Mudgee Health Service will continue to be a hub for health services for people living in the Mid-Western Regional local government area. 

Mr Grant said further rounds community consultation on the master plan will be held over the coming months.

“This is an exciting time for the Mudgee community and community input into the redevelopment is vital,” Mr Grant said.

“The redevelopment will include a new emergency department, general medical and surgical units, perio-operative units, a maternity unit, ambulatory care, oral health, renal dialysis and oncology.”

“In conjunction with the design launch, community drop in sessions will be held in the coming weeks to allow the project team to answer any questions the community has.” said Mr Grant.

Early work on the new hospital is expected to commence in mid-2018 with construction to be underway by the end of the year.


Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Member for Dubbo Troy Grant has expressed his disappointment with the news of Western Local Area District CEO Ron Dunham's pending departure.

Mr Grant comments, "In a short time I have developed a strong working relationship with Ron and he has been extremely helpful in fostering opportunities for me to deliver on key health infrastructure and health services improvements since I came to office. We have been working closely together on the Dubbo Hospital development, new Hospital for Parkes and upgrade to the Forbes Hospital. The crowning achievement in just over a year was our work to secure funding for the Peak Hill Hospital after many failed attempts since 1995.

The improvements in Mental Health services and infrastructure have been incredible and Mr Dunham has achieved a significant portfolio of achievements in his short time with us.

I am fully aware of the circumstances necessitating his departure and support him in his decision and wish him well into the future. Mr Dunham will provide me with a comprehensive handover so that I am across the status of all the projects we have started together so that they will continue to progress seamlessly until his replacement is identified".


Thursday, June 28, 2012

The Minister for Health and Medical Research, Jillian Skinner, along with the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant, today welcomed figures that show nursing numbers across regional NSW have increased by more than 1000 nurses since the State election.

Across the Western NSW Local Health District there has been an increase of 62 nurses since the election.

I know the local community will welcome this news and it’s great to see so many registered nurses moving from metropolitan to regional areas to ensure local patients are receiving the best treatment possible,” Mr Grant said.

"Nurses and midwives are a vital part of the health system, delivering a high level of care such as palliative and chronic care, mental health and acute care.

"This news demonstrates the NSW Government’s commitment to ensuring best possible care for our regional communities.”

Mrs Skinner said hospitals across the State were benefitting from increased nurse numbers.

“We’ve seen an encouraging increase in nurse numbers throughout our regional Local Health Districts and they are no doubt ensuring better delivery of care for local patients,” Mrs Skinner said.

Mrs Skinner said the 2012-13 Budget provides a total of $68.4 million for another 540 fulltime equivalent nurse positions across NSW, which will actually translate to more than 540 nurses as many will elect to work part-time.

“NSW is served by some of the most skilled and committed nurses in the country and I am proud that since this Government came into office, an extra 2500 nurses and midwives have been employed to ensure we provide the best possible care for patients,” Mrs Skinner said.

Mr Grant said NSW has more than 46,000 nurses, working in our busy hospitals, community services and health clinics and more than 15,000 of these are working in the state’s regional areas.


Monday, May 28, 2012
A move to deliver high quality health services is now a step closer; with planning due to commence shortly for the refurbishment of Forbes Hospital, the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant said.

Mr Grant today confirmed that all health services currently operating out of the Forbes Hospital would be retained, removing any uncertainty or doubt in the minds of local residents over the future of health services in Forbes.

Mr Grant also re-confirmed that the NSW Government has committed $42.5 million towards a new hospital at Parkes and $25 million for a refurbishment of Forbes Hospital.

"I'm excited to see that significant progress is being made to deliver upon the election commitments the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government gave to the people of Forbes and Parkes," Mr Grant said.

"This Government recognises that the Parkes and Forbes communities and the surrounding region have been neglected for far too long."

"Forbes Mayor Phyllis Miller has been kept informed of these developments and expressed gratitude for the excellent work undertaken by the Western NSW Local Health District CEO Ron Dunham and his team."

Mr Grant said the decision to maintain services at Forbes Hospital was reached after lengthy consultation with doctors, clinicians and the community.

"I will continue to work with these groups to address the shortfalls in existing services including the shortage of GP's in the region."

Mr Grant also said he was encouraged by the fact that work to select a site for the multimillion dollar Parkes Hospital will commence shortly.

"A number of sites will be earmarked by Health Infrastructure and assessed for their suitability," Mr Grant said.

"Whichever site is selected must take into consideration Parkes increasing population and growing community needs." 

"Yet again we have delivered on a promise to deliver the very best available health care to these two communities."

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278


Friday, May 11, 2012
Two local Men's Sheds stand to benefit from community grants courtesy of the NSW Government.

The Minister for Mental Health and Western NSW Kevin Humphries and the Member for Dubbo Troy Grant presented representatives from the Yeoval and Peak Hill Men's Sheds with $10,000 cheques today.

The grants will provide vital financial support to enable these important community organisations to continue the fight against mental health issues.

"Men's Sheds do a remarkable job in providing men with a place to go to blow off steam, talk to others about health issues and basically get active and participate in the community," said Mr Grant.

"Most men have learned from our culture that they don’t talk about feelings and emotions. Physical or mental illness, retrenchment or relationship breakdown are just some of the problems that men find it hard to deal with on their own. But barriers are slowly being broken down and that's why I cannot speak highly enough of the work Men's Sheds do in the community."

Minister Humphries said he was delighted to assist in obtaining the funding because he knows what a significant contribution Men's Sheds make to the community.

"When one takes into account how family members lives' are touched by Men's Sheds, the contribution they make to our society is truly amazing," said Mr Humphries.

There are an estimated 185 Men's Sheds operating in New South Wales and 400 nationally, representing approximately 30,000 men. 

Media: Belinda Strahorn 0412345278

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