The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) will release a request this week for expressions of interest to provide public inpatient palliative end-of-life care outside Orange Base Hospital.
“The local community want to know that people at the end of their life, their families and friends are supported in the most comfortable way possible,” said Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive of WNSWLHD.
“Under the Expressions of Interest which will be released later this week, the WNSWLHD will be able to consider all possible options for the provision of publicly funded inpatient palliative end-of-life care service.
“This service will be outside of the Orange Hospital and will offer a more home-like environment for inpatient palliative end-of-life care,” said Mr McLachlan.
“The EOI will be open for eight weeks to ensure everyone has the opportunity to respond.”
“Through this process, we are looking to partner with an organisation which can provide up to four inpatient Palliative end-of-life beds. The EOI process will ensure that the appropriate funding, clinical and logistics arrangements are in place for the service to operate efficiently, and to meet the expectations of the health service and its patients.
“Initial arrangements will be for 12-months so we can review how the model is operating for patients, their families and the service providers.”.
The EOI documentation is expected to be made available on the WNSWLHD website within the next week.