Upgrades for Maitland Hospital mental health infrastructure
Almost $500,000 of work will be undertaken at Maitland Hospital to create a therapeutic environment for people receiving care.
$478,000 from the NSW Government’s Mental Health Infrastructure Program has been allocated for upgrades in the Block C Closed Unit and High Dependency Bed Area.
The ward will be refurbished with dimmable LED lighting, the courtyard will be improved, and new exercise and sensory modulation equipment will be purchased.
Under the program work will also be undertaken at the Calvary Mater Hospital PICU and the John Hunter Hopsital Nexus Unit, as part of a $20 million statewide spend this financial year.
The Mater will receive $420,000 for repainting, installing new doorways, and to purchase furniture, exercise and sensory modulation equipment such as weighted blankets, squeeze balls, weight toys and mindfulness colouring.
John Hunter Hospital will receive $715,000 to refresh indoor living areas, replace outdoor courtyard flooring, landscape gardens, and to purchase furniture and sensory modulation equipment.
The new Maitland Hospital will contain 30 beds in the mental health unit, including six beds for emergency care. The hospital is due to open in 2022.