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Improved palliative care experience at Blue Mountains and Springwood Hospitals

20 Feb 2020

 
Patients, carers and their families will soon benefit from refurbishments to palliative care facilities at Blue Mountains and Springwood Hospitals.
 
Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District Chief Executive Kay Hyman said the refurbishment to patient rooms will include updated interior design and better access to the outdoors for patients and carers.
 
"The refurbishment will mean better facilities to help create an environment which is more like home," Mrs Hyman said.
 
"We will create a more comfortable and welcoming, light-filled space opening onto new garden spaces and private courtyards. The landscaping works will include outdoor heaters, water features, paving and seating and will include new rotundas at each location.
 
"The upgrades will help our dedicated staff provide compassionate, patient-centred care for some of our most vulnerable patients and their families at a time of great need," Mrs Hyman said.
 
Blue Mountains and Springwood Hospitals' palliative care units are among 34 palliative care facilities across the state to be refurbished over the next two years, with planning underway for additional projects from 2021.
 
The NSW Government committed $10 million in 2019 for palliative care facility refurbishments, as part of a $45 million enhancement over four years for palliative care, announced in the 2019-20 NSW budget.
 
Dr Nigel Lyons, Deputy Secretary, Health System Strategy and Planning, NSW Health, said the refurbishments to more than 34 palliative care facilities across the state will make a real difference to the experiences patients have in hospital at the end of life.
 
“Ensuring that our patients, their families and carers receive quality palliative care in a safe, comfortable and home-like environment is a priority for NSW Health,” Dr Lyons said.
 
This funding is part of the $10.1 billion the NSW Government is investing in health infrastructure over the next four years to upgrade and build 29 hospital and health facilities.
 
The NSW Government’s 2019-20 Budget commitment also includes recruitment of 100 new palliative care nurses, more Aboriginal Health Workers, and support for digital health to improve access to palliative care. This is in addition to the $100 million palliative care package announced in the 2017-18 Budget.