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Palliative Care receives funds

Tuesday, 11th February, 2020

Director Cancer and Palliative Care Services, Melissa Cumming. PICTURE: Callum Marshall Director Cancer and Palliative Care Services, Melissa Cumming. PICTURE: Callum Marshall

Palliative Care patients, families and carers will soon benefit from refurbishment of the Broken Hill Hospital thanks to a $395,000 boost from the NSW Government. 

Rooms and outside courtyards in one wing of the Medical Ward will be refurbished to make the environment more home-like for patients and their families.

The rooms will be furnished with more suitable beds and lounges for families to stay overnight, and a refreshment area. A family meeting space will also be part of the works.

Far West LHD Director of Cancer and Palliative Care Services, Melissa Cumming, said it was all intended to help bring some comfort to people at the end of life. 

“I am pleased that we will be able to improve the physical environment for palliative care patients and their families,” said Ms Cumming.  

“We will be able to provide better facilities for families to spend time with their loved ones.”

The hospital refurbishment is part of a $10m government commitment to palliative care facility refurbishments.

It also includes recruitment of 100 new palliative care nurses, more Aboriginal Health Workers and support for digital health to improve access to palliative care.

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