Early works for the new $4 million state-of-the-art MRI machine at Lithgow Hospital are almost complete making the Lithgow community one step closer to the new service.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said the MRI is a first for the area, giving Lithgow residents access to advanced diagnostic services closer to home.
“The NSW Government is investing $4 million towards a new MRI service enhancing clinical services at the Lithgow Hospital,” Mr Toole said.
“Designed in consultation with health staff, the new service at Lithgow Hospital will also include a new staff station, patient waiting area, change rooms and bathrooms, which is being constructed at the southern end of the hospital to maximise space.”
Minister for Regional Health Bronnie Taylor said the MRI will provide Lithgow and Blue Mountains residents with access to the latest and foremost diagnostic imaging technology on site at the hospital
“This location ensures the MRI is well located to other medical imaging and clinical services the community can already access at the hospital. It will improve community access to this important care on site at hospital, helping minimise any delays,” Mrs Taylor said.
MRI is an advanced diagnostic technology that takes detailed images of the organs and tissues in the body.
Early works construction has been carried out by ICG Construction, who were awarded the construction contract for the project, following a comprehensive tender process.
Early works are being completed to prepare for the construction of the new facility, including minor demolition works to establish the construction site, which will have no impact to the current hospital services.
Main works construction will begin in the coming weeks, with construction of the facility scheduled for completion in the second half of 2022.
The construction and installation of an MRI service at Lithgow is part of the NSW Government’s record $10.8 billion investment in health infrastructure over four years to 2024-25.