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Family service teams ready to welcome patients to new Palmer Street home

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07 December 2021

People will be able to access the services of the Dubbo Child and Family Health Nursing (CAFHN) and Aboriginal Maternal Infant Health Service (AMIHS) teams at their new Palmer Street location​ this week.

The CAFHN and AMIHS teams moved into the revitalised Dubbo Community Health Centre on 6 December, with all services previously offered at the Hawthorn Street site available at Palmer Street from 8 December.

Leonie Beashel, Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Primary and Community Health Manager, said the teams are looking forward to welcoming patients to new Palmer Street site now construction is nearing completion.

“The revitalisation work began in August, and our CAFHN and AMIHS teams have now relocated to join the other clinical teams at Palmer Street,” Ms Beashel said.

“Our team has been notifying people of the move as they make bookings and everyone is looking forward to welcoming patients to the improved site, which will allow families to access all their services at one location.

“Having those services at a more-central location at the Dubbo Community Health Centre on Palmer Street will also make them more accessible in general, particularly for those who rely on public transport.

“The improvements and revitalisation work will allow us to continue providing the best care possible for patients, with the amount of clinical spaces doubling to 14 from the seven that were previously available.

“The larger space will provide greater access to highly-skilled and multi-disciplinary clinicians and teams and while normal services have been disrupted, from 10 January we will be able to provide an integrated approach to services at Palmer Street.

“The other services that will all be available at Palmer Street from 10 January include Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Speech Pathology, Psychology and associated services, Liver Clinic, McGrath Breast Care nurses, Sexual Assault Service, Child Protection and Genetic Counselling.”

The CAFHN and AMIHS teams are moving to Palmer Street as part of a wider shift, with all of WNSWLHD’s clinical and corporate services moving from the Hawthorn Street site over the coming days.

The relocation will also include WNSWLHD fully vacating its current Hawthorn Street premises by the end of the month, with Integrated Care teams moving to Manera Plaza on Myall Street and corporate services functions moving to Commercial Avenue (Blueridge Business Park).