Patients at Shoalhaven Hospital will benefit from a $100,000 investment that will support a new six-bed surge unit to use during periods of high demand.

Member for South Coast, Shelley Hancock and Member for Kiama Gareth Ward announced the $100,000 cash injection, which will fund the first stage of a new surge unit and an upgraded trauma bed for the Emergency Department resuscitation room.

Mrs Hancock said the funding complements more than $50 million in capital expenditure on the Shoalhaven Hospital campus in the last five years, including a recent $1.8 million expansion of the Emergency Department and is in addition to the $10 million parking upgrade and funding committed in this year’s budget to progress the upgrade of the hospital.

“Shoalhaven Hospital is a busy facility that sees surges during holiday seasons. This investment will help ensure patients are seen as soon as possible,” Mrs Hancock said.

Stage one of the reconfiguration works will be complete by 30 June and include the purchase of equipment and design of a new six-bed surge unit in an area adjacent to the Emergency Department (ED).

Stage two will be completed early in the 2018/19 financial year and will involve the associated building works and complete fit out of the new unit.

The investment will also fund a new $25,000 trauma bed for the Shoalhaven Hospital ED.

This specialised equipment provides clinicians with better access to patients in an emergency resuscitation situation and enables more timely and effective treatment.