Local patients receiving treatment for malignant and non-malignant conditions are now receiving treatment in a brand new, purpose-built facility as part of the NSW Government’s $30 million Broken Hill Health Service redevelopment.
The Broken Hill Hospital’s Oncology and Medical Day Only Unit has been rebuilt in a different part of the hospital and boasts more space, individual treatment bays and more comfort and privacy for the patient.
“We are very pleased to move into our new Oncology and Medical Day Only Unit and I’m sure our patients and staff will welcome the new and improved space and its facilities,” said Melissa Cumming, Director Cancer Services, Far West LHD.
The new Units’ location (at north-western corner of the hospital building) offers direct access for patients. It replaces the existing unit located near Specialist Clinics in the hospital, which was not built for purpose and was too small for increasing number of patients, and offered little privacy.
“Our new unit has five individual treatment bays and a separate treatment room with a bed. Each bay offers privacy, although patients can still enjoy the company of other patients if they choose,” said Ms Cumming. Each treatment bay also has a TV.
The new Unit has an interview room for patient consultations, meetings and a private reception area. Patients and family can access a beverage bay in the unit for refreshments and there is more storage space for equipment and a staff kitchen.
Ms Cumming said the Oncology Unit will also have the latest equipment provided as part of the rebuild and will continue to treat patients with chemotherapy and other infusions for non-malignant conditions..
The new Unit was built as part of the reconfiguration of the ambulatory wing of the Broken Hill Hospital, under the $30 million Broken Hill Health Service Redevelopment Project.