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Forbes – Lachlan Health Service

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Elgin Street,
Forbes NSW 2871

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Visiting Hours: 10am to 2pm and 4pm to 8pm
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Lachlan health service consists of two procedural hospitals.

Forbes and Parkes Hospitals each have a capacity of 27 beds and 2 birthing rooms. Of the 27 beds, three are maternity beds and two are high observation beds. Both Emergency departments have five beds and one Resus Bay.

Lachlan Health Service provides:

  • 24 hour emergency care
  • Acute and subacute inpatient services including medical, maternity, rehabilitation and palliative care
  • Minor surgical plus D.O. surgery including endoscopy, Laparoscopic surgery, Gynaecology surgery, obstetrics, ophthalmology, colonoscopy and gastroscopy and after hour’s emergency surgery cover
  • Hospital in the Home is in early operation stages as well
  • Diagnostic services including CT scanner, ultrasound, x-ray and pathology
  • Outpatient services including renal dialysis (Forbes only) and infusion clinics

A range of primary and community health care and outreach services are provided to the surrounding villages including Healthy Lifestyles, child and family health nursing, dietetics, speech pathology, occupational therapy, psychology, social work, child protection, sexual assault service, Aboriginal health worker, palliative care, physiotherapy, community based nursing, women’s health nurse and various visiting specialists as well as mental health, drug and alcohol services.

If you are considering making a move to fast track your career in a thriving and vibrant regional city, learn more about the facilities and the locations in our Nurse Candidate Information Kit or Medical Candidate Info Kits for: Staff Specialist/VMO RG ObstetricsRural Generalist VMO Anaesthetics, and Staff Specialist Rural Generalist

Town overview

Town name: Forbes

Population: 8,432 (2016)

MM#: 4

The Forbes Shire is one of the richest primary producing areas in NSW. Forbes is located on the Newell Highway and is 360 kms west of Sydney and 33 kms southwest of Parkes.

Architecturally, Forbes is a mix of heritage building and contemporary public art, creating an eclectic streetscape that surround the centrepiece of the town, Lake Forbes. Socially, Forbes is a vibrant & friendly community focusing on a range of service, sporting, historical, arts, gourmet local fare, nature events and experiences.

There is always something to do with key events including  Grazing down the Lachlan, Taste On Templar, Frost and Fire celebrating the winter solstice, horse racing, including picnic races in surrounding villages. At any time of year you can follow ‘Sculptures down the Lachlan’ trail towards Condobolin and nature pursuits include bird watching, fishing and swimming in the river. As with most country towns sport is king, and Forbes has built a reputation as a sporting destination  with great opportunities for team sport and sporting carnivals.

Lifestyle in Forbes is balance at its best.  You can afford to own a home, raise a family and forge a rewarding career.  Forbes offers excellent schools, and it’s just a two minute drive between dance class, football practice and the supermarket. Your commute is minimal so you can relax in a local cafe and enjoy a barista made coffee before arriving at work.