Health professionals, consumers, and the Tweed-Byron community all have an important role in shaping the planning and design of the new state-of-the-art Tweed Valley Hospital.
The Community Reference Panel (the Panel) for the Tweed Valley Hospital project was established in August 2018 and provides hospital users and the broader community the opportunity to shape the NSW Government’s $582 million investment in health in the Tweed-Byron region.
The original invitation for membership attracted a great response, with over 60 applications. The Panel, along with Project User Groups (made up of Northern NSW Local Health District clinicians and operational staff) and the Tweed Shire Council Reference Group, are central pillars in the ongoing consultation program for the project that will ensure the community and key stakeholders help shape the new major regional referral hospital.
Panel members provide valuable input throughout the project by representing the views of patients, carers and the local community. The Panel will be drawn on to support a range of workshops, focus groups and individual contributions to both the clinical services and physical design of the new hospital and broader health and education campus.
Through various workshops, Panel members will be providing input to the schematic design of the new hospital. This follows on from completion of service planning, master planning and concept design stages, which were all shaped through the advice and feedback of clinicians, operational staff, consumers and community representatives on the Panel.
The Tweed Valley Hospital represents the biggest ever capital investment in health infrastructure in this area and the Panel has been an important part in the process towards delivering a life-changing healthcare solution for the region.
The real-life perspectives that Panel members bring to the planning and design of the new hospital will be invaluable in delivering a hospital that best meets the needs of the local community.