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COVID-19 testing strictly prioritised at WNSWLHD facilities

28 December 2021

Due to the high demand for COVID-19 testing and the subsequent stress on NSW Health Pathology laboratories, testing will be strictly prioritised at all Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) facilities. Effective immediately, the following groups will be given priority for PCR testing at WNSWLHD facilities, including all Hospitals and Multi-Purpose (MPS) facilities in the District: Public Hospital and MPS...

Unacceptable to take frustrations out on health staff: WNSWLHD chief

23 December 2021

​Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) Acting Chief Executive Mark Spittal has warned people not to take their COVID-19 frustrations out on local healthcare staff. “Every single one of our staff have been under incredible pressure for almost two years as a result of the pandemic. They deserve nothing but respect and gratitude,” Mr Spittal said. “Unfortunately, some people are...

Dubbo community urged to be sensible during holiday celebrations

23 December 2021

​Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is urging the Dubbo community to take sensible precautions while celebrating over the holiday period, following a significant level of COVID-19 transmission at entertainment venues. This week, up to 8pm on Wednesday 22 December, there has been 43 confirmed cases of COVID-19 identified in the Dubbo Local Government Area (LGA), with a significant percentage...

WNSWLHD encouraging people to be prepared and form a ‘Plan C’

21 December 2021

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is encouraging people across the region to form a plan to ensure they are prepared should they, or a loved one, test positive for COVID-19. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Acting Chief Executive, said, “The way we live with COVID-19 is changing and stopping the spread is now the responsibility of everyone as individuals, being...

WNSWLHD holiday services over Christmas and New Year

21 December 2021

Many COVID-19 testing clinics and vaccination hubs across Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) will operate under reduced hours of operation during the Christmas and New Year period. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Acting Chief Executive, said while there will be some closures on public holidays, there will still be opportunities for vaccination and testing. “Our vaccination and testing staff have worked...

Temporary restrictions on visitor access to WNSWLHD facilities

17 December 2021

​Due to increasing transmission of COVID-19 and the emergence of the Omicron variant around the state, further visitor restrictions have been put in place in all NSW health facilities, including hospitals and Multipurpose Services (MPS) across the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD). Visitors to hospital patients will be permitted only in some circumstances for essential patient needs and compassionate...

Public urged to take precautions as hot weather predicted

16 December 2021

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) is reminding people to be cautious during extreme heat forecast across the region for the rest of the week, and into the weekend. Priscilla Stanley, WNSWLHD Public Health Director, urged people to stay indoors during the heat of the day, minimise physical activity and keep hydrated during the heatwave. Ms Stanley said temperatures...

Outstanding Achievements Recognised At Wnswlhd Awards Ceremony

16 December 2021

The Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) celebrated its annual Living Quality and Safety Symposium and Awards at Dubbo Regional Theatre and Convention Centre on Monday 13 December. Mark Spittal, WNSWLHD Acting Chief Executive, said this year’s Living Quality and Safety Awards provided a chance to showcase the work and success of the District’s various teams amid a challenging year....

Orange Hospital Unveils State Of The Art Imaging Equipment

15 December 2021

​Cardiology patients at Orange Hospital will reap the benefits of Orange Hospital’s state-of-the-art Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) machine, which was unveiled on Wednesday 15 December. The purchase of the new machine was made possible by donations from Cadia Valley Operations ($102,000) and the Orange Hospital Auxiliary ($50,000), and it was installed in the facility’s Cardiac Cath Lab on 9 December....

Western NSW hits another major vaccination milestone

10 December 2021

​Communities in Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) have continued to prove their commitment to fighting COVID-19, once again reaching a major vaccination target ahead of the state-wide figure. The Australian Immunisation Register’s (AIR) latest data revealed that in WNSWLHD, to Sunday 5 December, 95.4 per cent of residents aged 16 and over are now fully vaccinated – above the...