The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government will invest $81.5 million to deliver eight new operating theatres at Sutherland Hospital.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard, Member for Miranda Eleni Petinos, Member for Cronulla Mark Speakman, Member for Heathcote Lee Evans and Member for Holsworthy Melanie Gibbons announced the significant investment, which will ensure the growing community of the Sutherland Shire can access world-class health services when they need them.

“This $81.5 million investment will make a huge difference for patients in the Sutherland Shire, who will be able to have their surgery quicker and closer to home,” Mr Hazzard said.

“Local MPs Eleni, Mark, Lee and Melanie have been tireless in advocating for an expansion at Sutherland Hospital’s operating theatres on behalf of our hardworking doctors and nurses.

“The NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has a strong track record when it comes to delivering health infrastructure, having already built or upgraded more than 100 hospitals and other health facilities across the State.”

Ms Petinos said having eight new state-of-the-art operating theatres and two new endoscopy suites will make a huge difference to patient care.

“This is wonderful news for patients and their families in the Sutherland Shire –this investment will greatly increase capacity for surgical treatment at Sutherland Hospital and create more than 800 jobs during construction,” Ms Petinos said.

Mr Speakman said in addition to the infrastructure, the NSW Government is delivering more nurses, midwives and doctors.

“Over the next four years our Local Health District will also receive at least 773 new staff including 116 doctors, 502 nurses and midwives, 96 allied health staff and 117 hospital support workers.”

Mr Evans said the new investment comes on top of $72 million already provided by the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government in Sutherland Hospital since 2014.

“The results of that investment are there to see, with just about every patient having their elective surgery on time – 99.6 per cent compared with just 88.6 per cent under Labor.”

Ms Gibbons said the NSW Liberals & Nationals Government has recently completed the $62.9 million Sutherland Hospital redevelopment, which included a new emergency department, additional inpatient beds, and support spaces.

“Together with $9.1 million previously spent on the new car park, this new investment brings the total commitment at Sutherland Hospital to $153.5 million since 2014.”

Work on the eight new operating theatres will commence in 2020-21, with the project scheduled to be completed in 2022-23.