New and improved emergency and medical imaging departments at the upgraded Dubbo Hospital have been unveiled.

Built as part of the new three-storey clinical building at the hospital, the two essential services will be the first of several to open as part of stages 3 and 4 of the $150 million redevelopment.

The new facilities will open to patients in late March and will form part of a building which, when complete, will include:

• An emergency department and short stay unit
• A medical imaging department
• A critical care floor comprising of a coronary care/stroke unit, intensive care unit and cardiac catheter laboratory
• An ambulatory care unit; and
• A main entry and drop off zone

NSW Nationals Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the transition into the new departments had been carefully planned.

“This is still a functioning hospital so it is important that these facilities are rolled out in such a way that we ensure all patient services operate as normal,” he said.

“The transformation of Dubbo Hospital sets a new benchmark for other major regional referral hospitals in NSW.

“Stages 3 and 4 have also included a new surgical unit, which opened in March 2018, a new dialysis unit, which opened in December 2019, and additional car parking adjacent to the main entrance.”

Construction of the stage 4 building is happening in parallel with construction of the $35 million Western Cancer Centre, and is scheduled for completion in 2021.