Camden Hospital palliative care unit to be upgraded

Camden and District Hospital is one of the region's largest public medical facilities and offers a range of health services. Photo: Kayla Osborne
Camden and District Hospital is one of the region's largest public medical facilities and offers a range of health services. Photo: Kayla Osborne

Camden Hospitals palliative care unit is about to under go a makeover.

Patients, families and carers will soon benefit from upgrades to the unit's quiet room and outdoor garden.

The 10-bed palliative care unit's quiet room will be refurbished and new furniture will be placed in the outdoor garden space as part of a $29,398 investment by the NSW Government.

South Western Sydney Local Heath District (SWSLHD) chief executive Amanda Larkin said the refurbishment at Camden Hospital would help bring comfort to people at the end stages of life.

"Providing our patients and their families with the creature comforts of home is important, but this project will provide that special touch, adding to the wonderful care our palliative care team provides," Ms Larkin said.

This project is one of many across 34 palliative care facilities in NSW to be refurbished over the next two years, with planning underway for additional projects from 2021.

The NSW Government committed $10 million in 2019 for palliative care facility refurbishments, as part of a $45 million enhancement over four years for palliative care.

The government's 2019-20 Budget commitment also includes recruitment of 100 new palliative care nurses, more Aboriginal Health Workers, and support for digital health to improve access to palliative care.