The NSW government has announced the commencement of work at a new health facility in the coastal town of Woy Woy.
A 30-bed sub-acute geriatric rehabilitation unit will be added to Woy Woy Hospital, through a project worth $14 million.
According to state health minister Jillian Skinner, the project – which was made possible by a $9 million grant from the federal government – includes a courtyard area to be used for therapy treatments, a gymnasium and additional parking for visitors.
"The redevelopment has also been designed to enable expansion to meet future needs as Woy Woy Hospital develops," Ms Skinner said on May 11.
While the new infrastructure is expected to ease pressure on current public services, local residents with private health insurance will still enjoy the flexibility of avoiding long waiting lists and being treated by a doctor of their choice by attending a private hospital.
Construction is expected to be completed in April 2013.
The news comes as the Ms Skinner also announced $6 million in federal funding has been secured for a multipurpose facility in Peak Hill, which will as services such as sub-acute, respite and palliative care, as well as self-care renal dialysis.