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Tuesday, 16th January, 2018

(From left) Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) staff Noni Inglis, health board member Paul Kemp, FWLHD staff Patricia Holtze and Darrin Quinn, Broken Hill Health Council chair Karen Gosling and clinical redesign and innovation manager Melissa Welsh at the site of the Community Health Centre. (From left) Far West Local Health District (FWLHD) staff Noni Inglis, health board member Paul Kemp, FWLHD staff Patricia Holtze and Darrin Quinn, Broken Hill Health Council chair Karen Gosling and clinical redesign and innovation manager Melissa Welsh at the site of the Community Health Centre.

By Kara de Groot

Things are happening quickly at the site for the new community health centre on Crystal Street.

The concrete foundations were constructed last week, and yesterday saw the first of the ‘modules’, the building blocks that the centre will be formed from, placed on site.

Three modules arrived on Monday, with another six planned to arrive every day for the next week or so until the 42 modules that comprise the building are in place.

Clinical Redesign and Innovation Manager, Melissa Welsh, said they’re expecting that to happen by Australia Day, weather permitting.

“Once the modules are in place they’ll do the fit out on the inside, build the roof and complete the landscaping on the outside, and we’re expecting to have the building pretty much finished by the middle of the year, moving in a few weeks after that,” Ms Welsh said.

“Most of the site development we used local contractors and they’ve used lots of local contractors for the inside fit out as well, so there’s been lots of opportunity for a bit of work,” she said. 

“Inside they’ve got to finish the interiors, some of the modules have furniture as part of it, but there’s still carpets to lay, painting, fitting pipes and cupboards and all the rest of it.”

The building will be two stories when completed, topping 9 metres with the roof in place.

The ground floor will host the dental services which are relocating from Morgan Street School, as well as women’s health, sexual health, integrated violence and prevention service, and the child and family health service.

The second floor will be for the administration of the health service, which is currently based at Kincumber House. Kincumber House, located on the health service campus behind the hospital, will then be demolished at the end of the year.

Ms Welsh said once the building was complete, but before everyone moved in, they’d have an open day for the public.

“We’re going to have a day where we invite the community to come and have a look before we move in,” she said.

“We’re excited to show it to everyone while it’s all fresh and shiny, and also for people who use the services to get a feel for where they need to go park, how they can navigate the building once it’s ready.” 

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