A Foley Labor Government will set aside $30 million to upgrade Shellharbour Hospital – without privatising our electricity network.  

This upgrade could include:

  • A new and expanded emergency department with up to 25 spaces;
  • A new 8 bed emergency medical unit and
  • A new day surgery unit with up to 15 spaces.

Labor’s $30 million investment in Shellharbour Hospital will mean locals have access to improved facilities, and will take pressure off Wollongong Hospital.

This funding is from the additional $1.7 billion Labor has unlocked for health infrastructure as part of Labor’s infrastructure plan, A Better Way.

Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord, Shadow Minister for the Illawarra Ryan Park and Labor candidate for Kiama Glenn Kolomeitz joined Shellharbour MP Anna Watson to make the funding announcement at Shellharbour Hospital today.

Quotes attributable to Member for Shellharbour Anna Watson:

“Shellharbour locals have been fighting for our local hospital to be upgraded for years – I am proud to announce a Foley Labor Government will invest $30 million to kickstart this upgrade.

“This upgrade will mean many locals will no longer have to travel to Wollongong for treatment, taking pressure off Wollongong Hospital and making healthcare more convenient for people in Shellharbour.

“For four years, Gareth Ward has done nothing to secure funding from his Liberal colleagues, except launch petition stunts.

“Labor will invest in Shellharbour Hospital – without blackmailing locals into accepting privatisation of our electricity network.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord:

“A Foley Labor Government will set aside $30 million to significantly improve Shellharbour Hospital without privatising electricity.

“Regional patients often have to travel significant distances for hospital treatment. This hospital upgrade will give the people of Shellharbour and Kiama first rate facilities closer to home.”

Key Facts:

  • Opened in 1986, Shellharbour Hospital provides services such as emergency, elective medical, satellite renal dialysis and general medical. It is has 164 beds.
  • In 2011 there were 368,822 residents within the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District. The Local Health District has predicted that the population will increase to 425,136 by 2021.
  • The Local Health District notes it has an ageing population, with 8.5 per cent of the population aged 75 years and older. The population of this age group is expected to grow by 32 per cent between 2011 and 2021.
  • The local area also has a population of 6.1 per cent under the age of five. The Local Health District expects this age group to grow by 7 per cent between 2011 and 2021.
  • Last year there were 27,000 presentations at the Shellharbour Hospital emergency department. The median waiting time for non-urgent elective surgery is 265 days.

13 March 2015