Labor to set aside $50 million to upgrade Fairfield Hospital with re-designed emergency department

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A Foley Labor Government will set aside $50 million to upgrade Fairfield Hospital – part of the upgrade will include a re-designed emergency department to provide a specialised response to the region’s elderly and young population.  

Labor Leader Luke Foley was joined by Shadow Minister for Health Walt Secord, Member for Fairfield Guy Zangari and Labor Candidate for Prospect Hugh McDermott at Fairfield Hospital to reiterate Labor’s funding plan for the upgrade.

Older people and children have special requirements and hospital emergency departments need to recognise and respond to this by providing suitable facilities for these patients.

The re-designed emergency department that will be piloted at Fairfield Hospital will incorporate a separate paediatric room for children and a separate geriatric room for older Australians with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

The geriatric room will be based on the highly successful American style emergency departments with elderly populations such as Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.

Hospital emergency departments are noisy and busy places. For frail, older Australians who are anxious and suffering confusion or dementia, emergency rooms are unfriendly environments and can exacerbate anxiety and disorientation.

In addition to the emergency department, the Fairfield Hospital upgrade could include expanded non-invasive cardiology and cardiac rehabilitation services, improved rehabilitation services including for stroke patients, expanded palliative care capacity, and enhanced ambulatory care.

The upgrade of Fairfield Hospital is part of Labor’s fully-funded infrastructure plan that invests in the right priorities for NSW – without the need to privatise the electricity network.

Quotes attributable to NSW Labor Leader Luke Foley

“Rethinking the way our hospital emergency departments are structured is part of Labor’s new approach to improving our health system.

“Our population is getting older and that means we need a more specialised approach in emergency departments to respond to patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

“Hospital emergency departments are noisy and busy places. For frail, older Australians who are anxious and suffering confusion or dementia, emergency rooms are unfriendly environments and can exacerbate anxiety and disorientation.

“For young and old alike a visit to the emergency department can be a confronting experience – providing specialised spaces for children and the elderly gives them the support they need while they receive medical attention.”

Quotes attributable to Shadow Health Minister Walt Secord:

“The experience from overseas has shown that providing specialised emergency departments especially in catchments with a significant elderly community greatly improves the experience and quality of health care.

“Caring for the most vulnerable members of our communities is a priority for NSW Labor – which is why we are excited about piloting this new approach to emergency room design at Fairfield Hospital.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Fairfield Guy Zangari:

“I welcome Labor’s plan to set aside $50 million to invest in an upgrade of our hospital.

“I have been fighting and making representations for Fairfield families who desperately want the upgrade to their vital facilities. Sadly the Liberals have ignored their needs.”

Quotes attributable to Labor Candidate for Prospect Hugh McDermott:

“Labor has a plan to invest in upgrading Fairfield Hospital and piloting an exciting new concept in emergency department design – all without the need to privatise the electricity network.”