Thursday 29 April 2021
The Braidwood Multipurpose Service (MPS) project delivered under the NSW Government’s $297 million MPS program is officially complete.
The new purpose-built facility features new in-patient rooms designed to support the latest models of care, including 37 single room residential aged care beds and multiple activity rooms with shared lounge and dining facilities.
The facility also includes acute care beds, an emergency department with dedicated ambulance entry and x-ray services.
The recently completed final works included demolishing the old hospital buildings and building the new staff accommodation units, car parking areas and landscaping of outdoor areas.
Many features of the new health facility have been designed to provide therapeutic benefits for patients and visitors. The landscaping includes Aboriginal motif inspired gardens, a resident garden, courtyards and a heritage garden where the original 1904 morgue building and Braidwood Hospital sign is located. Local artwork has been transferred from the old hospital including hand-painted blinds and a new heritage wall detailing the history of the Braidwood Health Service. It also features artwork by local Aboriginal artist Cheryl Davison and an Acknowledgement of Country.
To enhance the environmental sustainability of the facility, solar electricity panels have been installed to assist energy-efficiency and reduce running costs and 20,000 litres of rainwater storage has been installed for reuse as part of the landscaping irrigation system.
The new facility opened to patients in August 2020 and the finishing works were complete in February 2021.
The project was funded as part of the NSW Government’s $297 million Multipurpose Service program to provide health and aged care services for small and remote rural communities.
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