Murwillumbah District Hospital in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, has completed an A$2m ($1.34m) renovation.

The upgrade project covered the emergency department triage area, medical imaging reception, and the palliative care room.

NSW Minister for Regional Health Ryan Park said: “Anyone needing to come to the emergency department will now be able to enter and navigate the space much more easily, which is a real benefit to this local community.

“Upgrades to the medical imaging department are also enabling patients and staff to have a better experience, improving the flow of patients through the unit, and creating a brighter and more inviting environment.

“The upgrades have made the emergency department and medical imaging areas more accessible for people with a disability.

“The investment in the future of Murwillumbah District Hospital recognises the important role it plays in delivering excellent patient-centred care, which we know the local community values highly.”

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The upgraded palliative care room now offers space for families and patients to connect while enjoying the views of the Tweed Valley.

The palliative room also includes facilities for family members to stay overnight, in addition to a living room that features tea and coffee-making machines.

Renovation of the hospital began in January 2023 to make it a more accessible and accommodating environment for patients, especially those with disabilities.

The facility remained open during the construction phase.

A local community hospital set up in 1903, Murwillumbah District Hospital offers a range of services, including an emergency department, operating suite, day surgery, medical and surgical inpatient units, a women’s ambulatory care unit and a rehabilitation unit.

Earlier this month, the NSW government commenced the early planning stages for an A$60m ($39.43m) upgrade of Mount Druitt Hospital.

The project aims to add 30 beds to the hospital.