The doors recently opened to the expanded Lightning Ridge Multipurpose Health Service (MPS) delivered as part of the NSW Government’s $304 million MPS program.
Mark Spittal, Acting Chief Executive of the Western NSW Local Health District, said the community at Lightning Ridge now has a new building adjacent to the current MPS to better meet their health needs.
“This redevelopment at Lightning Ridge significantly improves on existing amenities, with potential to further expand our services to cater for the changing needs of the growing community,” Mr Spittal said.
“Our expanded MPS will better support our highly valued health staff to continue to provide the very best healthcare for the Lightning Ridge community for years to come.”
In addition to the existing emergency department, 24 hour on call general practitioner services, acute care beds and aged care residential beds, the MPS will now also provide:
- improved collaboration between services for patients with complex healthcare needs
- better integration with existing services at Lightning Ridge Health Service, Far West Division of General Practice and visiting specialist services
- improved space and amenities for the community health team, Far West Medicare Local clinicians and for visiting specialist and allied health services
- a venue for Lightning Ridge to attract new services
- three new staff accommodation units.
The redevelopment is providing positive economic and social flow on effects in regional communities.
For example, Hutchison Builders, the building contractor, engaged the Lightning Ridge Central School to create murals for the staff accommodation. The murals feature designs of native local animals and provide a colourful welcome for staff working away from home.
The façade of the new building also draws on local inspiration and was designed to complement the surrounding landscape. The modular building features coloured translucent panels allowing sunlight to be filtered through while projecting colours though the building. The coloured panels provide a likeness to opals sparkling in light.
A key feature in the landscaping is the installation of metal screening. The metal panels will be installed in the coming week and display the story of Maliyan or Girrabirrii, the name for the long neck turtle, a significant totem of the Euahlayi / Yuwaalaraay People, and also the spiritual Maliyan rock art formation, a connection for the Euahlayi / Yuwaalaraay People to this land.
Continuing the local integration, Western NSW Local Health District has invited local artists to submit examples of their work to be considered for a permanent exhibition throughout the health facility. Featuring local artwork delivers therapeutic benefits to patients and visitors, while providing artists with an opportunity to showcase their work.
The NSW Government is committed to delivering sustainable, modern and affordable health facilities. The redevelopment at Lightning Ridge features solar panels, water saving fixtures, and the landscaping has been designed with plants appropriately chosen for the local climate.
The NSW Government has committed $10.1 billion in health infrastructure investment across the state in this term of government. Since 2011, the NSW Government has invested a further $10 billion to deliver more than 130 new and enhanced health facilities statewide.