Families across the Hunter region will benefit from a redevelopment of John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle.

As the major teaching and referral hospital for our region, this $780 million investment in John Hunter Hospital will also ensure locals can receive essential healthcare closer to home.

Patients and staff will have access to the latest in emergency medicine, cancer care and surgical services on a new site within the hospital campus.

Liberal candidate for Newcastle Blake Keating said the redevelopment will ensure people who need specialised care will only need to travel to John Hunter Hospital.

“This redevelopment will deliver better surgical and critical care services, an expanded emergency department, better diagnostic and support facilities, and will create more than 7,800 jobs.”

Liberal candidate for Wallsend Nick Trappett said the $780 million redevelopment would stimulate the local economy.

“This kind of investment in the Hunter means local businesses thrive, other industries and research opportunities abound and students are given more pathways to jobs,” Mr Trappett said.

Liberal candidate for Charlestown Jenny Barrie said the investment was only possible because of the NSW Liberals & Nationals’ strong financial management.

“We’ve worked hard to build a strong budget and a robust economy so Hunter locals can reap the benefits of record investment in health, education and transport infrastructure,” Ms Barrie said.

Work on the planned redevelopment will commence in the next four years, and is part of more than $8 billion being spent across NSW on hospitals and other health care facilities, over the next four years.

Since coming to office, the NSW Liberals & Nationals have delivered more than 100 new and upgraded hospitals and other health facilities, with more than half of those in regional areas.