Boost for surgery and mammography

Funding for mammography equipment at Nepean Hospital announced.A million dollar expansion of general surgery services at Blue Mountains District ANZAC Memorial Hospital (BMDAMH) and a new state-of-the-art piece of mammography equipment for Nepean Hospital were announced by NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner during a recent visit to Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District.

The expansion of surgery at BMDAMH will include a second operating theatre, three new surgeons to bring the total to 11, two new outpatient clinics treating hernias and gallstones and the recruitment of a general surgical registrar. The expansion is expected to be fully operational by February 2015.

The increased surgery facilities and expanded workforce will help to reduce waiting times for surgery across the LHD.

Joined by Blue Mountains MP, Roza Sage, Minister Skinner said, “The residents of the Blue Mountains and surrounding districts now have access to an expanded range of surgical services on their doorstep.”

Minister Skinner also announced $350,000 in funding for mammography equipment which will provide diagnostic and assessment services at Nepean Hospital.

The new equipment will enable diagnostic mammography and procedures such as biopsies to occur on the Nepean campus. During 2015 when other clinic facilities
are in place, the service will also support women who have an abmormality detected by the BreastScreen screening locations in the district. Currently women have to travel to Westmead for these investigations.

Minister Skinner was joined by Member for Penrith, Stuart Ayres and Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies at the announcement.

“I’m delighted to announce that women will have access to breast diagnostic services at Nepean by the end of 2014 and will be able to receive BreastScreen Assessment services at the hospital by mid 2015,” Minister Skinner said.

Women are encouraged to visit one of the three BreastScreen locations across the district:

  • Blue Mountains District ANZAC
  • Memorial Hospital
  • Lithgow Hospital
  • MYER, Westfield Penrith

Printed with the kind permission of NBM News, the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District newsletter, from the October 2014 edition.

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