A NEW ambulance station will be built at Fairy Meadow, while Bulli Hospital will receive additional bed capacity to allow for improved rehabilitation, under a funding announcement today by the NSW Government.
State MP for Keira Ryan Park has welcomed the announcements saying the new Fairy Meadow ambulance station is to ease pressure on paramedics and to enhance response times.
Mr Park said pressure on local paramedics and the increasing demands on ambulance services is an issue that has been raised with him on a number of occasions. He said the new facility, located in Fairy Meadow, will assist in managing the ongoing demand more effectively.
“Our local paramedics do an incredible job but they are in ever increasing demand for their service. With a significant amount of development having taken place in and around Fairy Meadow as well as being centrally located between existing services at Bulli and Wollongong I am confident that this additional service will improve access to emergency care for local residents,” Mr Park said.
“The Government must now fast track site selection and commence construction as soon as possible given the demand for paramedic services across the Illawarra” he said.
The Government has also announced it will purchase additional beds at Bulli Hospital to increase sub-acute bed capacity and allow for better rehabilitation especially for older people.
Mr Park said access to an increased number of beds particularly for rehabilitation is critical to ensure local patients can recover quickly after surgery and in a modern state of the art facility but it’s also important to get the staffing situation sorted at the new Urgent Care Centre.
“I welcome the decision to increase the number of sub-acute beds available to the local community to enhance rehabilitation, but I also expect the Urgent Care Centre to be prioritised in terms of staffing to ensure people can effectively access that part of the new facility,” he said.
“I will be meeting with local health officials again soon to emphasise the importance of ensuring the Urgent Care Centre continues to play a role in providing access to treatment for those minor illnesses and injuries to take pressure off an overstretched Wollongong Emergency Department,” he said.
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