Lightning Ridge MPS is providing a new building adjacent to the current MPS building with significantly improved treatment spaces and patient experience that will support a broad range of primary and community services, to better meet the needs of the surrounding area.
The redevelopment has reached an exciting milestone with the completion of the building façade. The façade has been designed to include coloured translucent panels to filter sunlight and project colours throughout the building, evoking opals sparkling in light.
In addition to the existing MPS services including an emergency department service, 24-hour on call general practitioner (GP) services, acute care beds and aged care residential beds, the expanded Lightning Ridge MPS will deliver:
- improved collaboration between services for patients with complex healthcare needs;
- improved Integration with the existing services at Lightning Ridge Health Service, Far West Division of General Practice and visiting specialist services;
- more space and amenities for the community health team, Far West Medicare Local clinicians and for visiting specialist and allied health services; and
- a venue for Lightning Ridge to attract new services or activities.
Western NSW Local Health District has invited local artists to submit examples of their work or ideas to be considered for a permanent exhibition throughout the health facility. Featuring local artwork delivers therapeutic benefits to patients and visitors, while providing the artists with an opportunity to showcase their work.
The redevelopment continues to be on track to open later this year, with the focus now on internal works, the linkway and landscaping. The landscaping has been designed with a sustainable focus and local plant selection to ensure suitability to the local climate.