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Designs unveiled for Broken Hill’s enhanced emergency department and mental health facility

New designs for the expanded Emergency Department (ED) and new Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Broken Hill Health Service have been unveiled to the community that helped shape them.  

The latest designs were informed by valuable feedback to ensure the facilities meet the needs of the Broken Hill community, with more than 25 consultation sessions held with staff, clinicians, carers and the community to date. 

Community members are invited to provide their feedback on the proposed floorplan and artists impressions of the expanded critical care services and new mental health support facility. 

The existing ED will undergo a full internal refurbishment and reconfiguration and will be extended into the existing ambulance bay, making it a bigger and more efficient space. 

The ED waiting area will be larger and filled with more natural light, also enabling tailored treatment spaces for children and those requiring mental health services. 

The new Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit will consist of single rooms with dedicated ensuite bathrooms, and access to a large internal communal lounge and dining area. Natural light, fresh air, and native landscaping will contribute to a therapeutic and culturally safe environment for consumers, visitors and staff. 

The new unit will also feature a dedicated entry away from the main hospital with a drop off/pick up area, as well as a sensory modulation room, multi-activity space and exercise room. 

The Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit is part of the NSW Government’s Statewide Mental Health Infrastructure Program

Construction on both facilities is expected to start in 2024. 


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