Why do we need a new hospital?
There are many reasons why a new hospital is needed for the Tweed-Byron region:
- The significant forecast population growth in the region and, in particular, the increase in the ageing population
- The need for the health services in the region to be more self-sufficient, to provide residents access to more services locally, without travelling outside the region
- The need to implement modern healthcare models, to deliver high-quality health services into the future
- The constraints of current infrastructure at the existing The Tweed Hospital, which is at capacity
- The physical limitations of the existing The Tweed Hospital site, which has inadequate space to develop new buildings, and access is impacted by flooding
The new Tweed Valley Hospital will provide:
- more beds
- expanded emergency department
- enhanced surgical and medical services
- enhanced ambulatory services and outpatient clinics
- cardiac catheterisation laboratory (new service)
- integrated cancer care service, including radiotherapy (new service)
Strengthening the region's network of hospitals
The Tweed Valley Hospital will be a major referral hospital at the heart of the network of hospitals and community health facilities located across the Tweed-Byron region. This includes Murwillumbah District Hospital, Byron Central Hospital, community health facilities, and other out-of-hospital services. Hospital services will move from the existing The Tweed Hospital to the new site in 2022.
A range of community health and other out-of-hospital services will continue to be provided at, or in close proximity to, the existing site; the range of the services will be confirmed through further clinical service planning by early-mid 2019.
The community benefits of a new hospital
A new hospital for a new era of healthcare
The new Tweed Valley Hospital will provide a number of benefits for the Tweed-Byron communities, including for our patients, staff, carers, visitors, and students.
Some of the benefits of building a brand new hospital include:
More clinical services, closer to home
- Designing a purpose-built major regional referral hospital to meet the healthcare needs of the region's growing and ageing population
- Designing healthcare services around patients, carers and their families, embedding a patient-centred approach within the design of the buildings and delivery of health services
- Improved technology that enhances patient care and allows for a seamless patient journey through the health system
- New facilities that support a broader range of clinical services
- Increased capacity for emergency, surgery, sub-acute, and outpatient services
- Designing a tailored health service provision for our Aboriginal community
- Significant boost to the local economy, including provision of local jobs throughout construction and operation
The new Tweed Valley Hospital will provide an increase in self-sufficiency of health services, which means that patients will be able to access more healthcare services locally. This includes access to the necessary range of cancer treatments, including radiotherapy, as well as cardiac catheterisation and other life-saving interventional procedures.
In addition to improved access to services on the one campus, the new Tweed Valley Hospital will reduce the need for patients to travel out of the area, or between various hospitals, for their treatment.
An environment to deliver high quality healthcare and education
The new hospital will enable modern healthcare models to be implemented and allow education, training and research to be more closely integrated into the healthcare services provided across the region.
The new state-of-the-art referral hospital will provide a healing environment for patients and a great place to work. This will help attract and retain high-quality staff; and create a culture that promotes excellence in clinical practice and education, training and research to support a talented and skilled workforce.
With the potential to develop a broader health and education campus over time, there is also an opportunity to strengthen relationships with tertiary education and vocational training institutions, and work together in developing the workforce of the future.