Seriously ill children are set to receive treatment in a new paediatric intensive care unit at John Hunter Children’s hospital.

Health Minister for NSW, Jillian Anderson visited the hospital today to discuss the project which is forecast to be operational from 2015.

The hospital is the major treatment centre for a considerable portion of the state’s children and the new unit is said to provide specialised care for critically ill children from the Hunter, New England and the north coast.

The announcement of the intensive care unit follows ongoing community calls for its instatement.

NSW Minister for Health Jillian Skinner addresses the media outside John Hunter Hospital