Our hospital beds will be more expensive
They have allocated $434 million for the knockdown and rebuild proposed for Shoalhaven District Memorial Hospital, with 143 beds. That is $3,034,965 per bed.
The new greenfield Tweed hospital will have 430 beds, cost $582 million. That is $1,353,721 per bed. If they proceed with the current proposal, Shoalhaven hospital beds will be two and a quarter times dearer than the Tweed hospital beds.
So why go to the expense of demolishing the old Shoalhaven hospital site infrastructure, it's perfectly sound for repurposing as a new community health precinct.
And, on a greenfield site in the Shoalhaven building similar to the Tweed hospital development, for 143 beds that would only cost $194 million.
Bill Hancock, Nowra
We need a bypass not six lanes
Get rid of Greg Watson....why spend billions on a six lane road through Nowra? Put the funds towards a bypass, it's not rocket science to know the benefits to traffic flow.
Constance Farrell, Old Erowal Bay
Hospital upgrade should push on
I see there is opposition to the proposed Shoalhaven Hospital upgrade, notably from the the so called SHAG opposition group.
In early 2018, I was heli-lifted from the Shoalhaven Hospital, my life was on the line with cardiac issues. I do apologise if the aircraft noise was inconvenient for Mr Hancock and his SHAG colleagues.
The hospital upgrade funding is there, courtesy of this government, and well done to our local reps Shelley and Gareth for securing it.
Anyone who thinks a Labor government would deliver $450 million for a regional hospital upgrade, seriously dream on. Notwithstanding the estimable Ms Fiona Phillips.
Agreeing with Mr Ward, I also don't want to wait for another 10 years. I don't have that amount of time.
Get out of the way fantasy-land SHAG, you're political posturing isn't helping.
Steve Murphy, Huskisson
Support needed across the board
This Shoalhaven Hospital site no longer works and we are entitled to more than what Shellharbour has been promised.
The oncology centre is stand alone. The parking at $10 a day is not being used. We need to go a bit closer south for stroke victims and we need a green site compared to taking our patients downstairs on beds in an evacuation
We need access at Milton for psychiatric, maternity and stroke care and we really need an acute psychiatric medical service 24 hours a day in our emergency department and a safe ward so that ED bed hours don't blow out as waiting shifts try to transfer patients to Shellharbour, We need a 12-month a year medical assessment unit. The staff in our ED need to be totally positively supported by Illawarra Shoalhaven Health for the amazing job they do.
Catherine Aney, Nowra
What about Milton Hospital?
The news that the NSW Government is preparing to spend over $400 million, to upgrade the Shoalhaven Hospital, is welcome. They have also recently announced that they will spend over $700 million on the new Shellharbour Hospital.
What many in the local Milton community are wondering is what this all means for our own hospital?
The maternity unit has still not been reinstated, many years after this was due to happen. We do not even seem to be able to have a much needed $1 million CT scanner installed, despite solemn promises to do so, made in late 2018 by our current Premier and local State MP.
These are not healthy signs for the long term future of the hospital in this rapidly growing region of the South Coast.