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Dubbo’s $35 million Western Cancer Centre opens to patients

Tuesday 21 September 2021

The highly anticipated Western Cancer Centre in Dubbo, delivered under the $306.3 million Dubbo Health Service redevelopment, has opened to patients, bringing life-saving services much closer to home for the people in regional and remote areas of Western NSW.  

The new state-of-the art facility at Dubbo Hospital will provide patients living in regional and remote areas of NSW with improved access to life-saving cancer diagnostic and treatment services much closer to home. 

The Western Cancer Centre features 16 chemotherapy spaces, a bunker for radiation treatment and a PET CT scanner for cancer diagnostics. It also includes a wellness space to provide support and well-being services to patients and their families. 

Designed in close consultation with the community, the modern two-storey building includes uplifting artwork, including murals of local Aboriginal bush foods by renowned public artist Fintan Magee, designed to promote well-being for patients and families during their visit.  

The Cancer Centre also features an internal suspended artwork from Jade Oakley in collaboration with Aunty Di McNaboe that depicts local Aboriginal bush foods, photographic portraits of “friendly faces” from Dubbo and Western NSW Communities by Asher Milgate and interior wall paintings of the local waterways in Western NSW by artist Greg Carosi. 

Works across the health campus were carefully staged to ensure all current patient services were maintained during what has been significant construction period. 

The Western Cancer Centre project was delivered in parallel with the new three-storey Macquarie Building at Dubbo Hospital, which was recently completed and handed over to the Western NSW Local Health District.  

The new Intensive Care Unit has opened ahead of schedule providing extra capacity for the hospital during the COVID-19 outbreak.  

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