First helicopter lands at new Parkes Hospital
The first helicopter has landed at the new Parkes Hospital’s helipad, as part of a test flight exercise to ensure the hospital is fully-prepared to receive patients in the coming weeks.
Member for Orange Andrew Gee said the test flight was successfully carried out by NSW Ambulance’s Health Emergency and Aeromedical Services and was conducted during twilight and evening hours to ensure the new helipad area met strict safety standards.
Mr Gee said the keys to the hospital were recently handed over to the Lachlan Health Service by the main works builder, and the commissioning period for the new $72.8 million hospital had now commenced.
“During the operational commissioning over the next few weeks, staff will begin a staged move into the new facility while continuing to provide existing patient care in the old hospital,” Mr Gee said.
“Staff are also undergoing orientation and training to ensure they are familiar with their new work areas and practices.”
A public open day will be held on Saturday 14 November to provide tours of the new hospital.
The popular free tour will give community members the chance to inspect their new hospital, which will deliver the health services they need now and into the future.
The new Parkes Hospital is located about two kilometres south of the town centre, on Morrissey Way, which is off the Newell Highway. The bright new facility includes:
- An Emergency Department;
- Inpatient ward;
- Birthing suites for maternity services;
- Ambulatory care treatment area, including chemotherapy and dental facilities;
- Advanced operating suite and day-only surgical services; and
- Clinical support services, including medical imaging.
Patients and staff will move in to the new facility once the operational commissioning period is complete.
The $113.7 million Lachlan Health Service Project is funded by the NSW Government, and includes both the planning and implementation components for the Forbes and Parkes hospital redevelopments. The total budget includes $326,000 provided by the Centre for Oral Health to fund a third dental chair for the new Parkes hospital.
The Lachlan Health Service project is scheduled for completion in early 2016.