‘lifesaver’

A KIDNEY transplant recipient hopes the state government’s commitment to fund the final stage of Wagga hospital’s redevelopment will lead to the end of an “agonising” wait.

A $4 million NSW Government commitment announced during Wednesday’s state budget has initiated the final stage in the hospital redevelopment.

Stage three of the Wagga Rural Referral Hospital’s $282 million complete overhaul has now been earmarked for a late 2019 completion date.

Dialysis recipient Jim Bennett hopes the finalised project will signify a new beginning for treatment availability in the region.

“It really marks the end of an era and the end of a difficult history for people with illnesses that are out of left field,” he said.

“I’ve been waiting with bated breath for the hospital’s completion.

“Many of those who are suffering will be inspired by the thought there’s positivity on the horizon.

“Hopefully none of the hospital’s services are affected.”

The final stage includes a new rehabilitation unit, ambulatory care, renal dialysis, BreastScreen, allied health, community mental health and dental care services.

Wagga MP Daryl Maguire said the $4 million will finish stage two in preparation for stage three, which is expected to be funded in coming years.

“The state government are looking to invest up to $170 million to see the hospital’s completion,” he said.

"This hospital will be the biggest and the best, with latest technology.”

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