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Dubbo’s Child and Family Health Team on the move in December

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18 October 2021

People using the services of the Dubbo Child and Family Health Team will find them at a new location in December, with the move a part of all clinical and corporate services shifting out of the Hawthorn Street site.

With a final moving date still to be set, the revitalised Dubbo Community Health Centre in Palmer Street will be the new home for the Child and Family Health Team around early December.

Construction began in August to develop additional clinical spaces to accommodate the team along with improving existing spaces, with work expected to be completed by early December.
Leonie Beashel, Manager Primary and Community Health, said the Palmer Street development will help her team continue providing first-class care in a fresh space, but also provide community patients with better access to a centralised and integrated service.
“The COVID-19 outbreak has meant non-emergency
appointments have been delivered by Telehealth, but the team is looking forward to welcoming patients to the improved Palmer Street site when work is finished,” she said.
“Appointments will continue as planned at Hawthorn Street until work in finished, before the Child and Family Health team will relocate and join the other clinical teams at the Palmer Street site.
“The revitalisation work will double the clinical spaces on site from seven to 14, the larger space will allow for greater access to those highly-skilled and multi-disciplinary clinicians and teams.
“The other clinical teams on site at Palmer Street include Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Psychology and associated services, Liver Clinic, McGrath Breast Care nurses and genetic counselling.
“The changes will allow us to continue providing the best care possible for our patients and give us the opportunity for potential service expansions in the future as well.
“The more-central location at Palmer Street will also help make the Dubbo Community Health Centres and these services more accessible, particularly for those who rely on public transport, with ample parking on site as well.
“The work at the Palmer Street is expected to be finished in the coming weeks so we’d ask the community to please bear with us, and be patient, for just a little while longer.”
The relocation from the Hawthorn Street site will also include: Integrated Care teams moving to Manera Plaza on Myall Street and corporate services moving to the former Water NSW offices on Commercial Avenue from early December.