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Traditional smoking ceremony held for Dubbo Hospital’s new main hospital entrance

Wednesday 24 March 2021

Anticipation is building following this week’s Aboriginal smoking ceremony and preview tour of Dubbo Hospital’s new main hospital entrance and Emergency Department waiting area in the new Macquarie building.

Construction on the front section of the new three-storey building was completed in March this year and handed over to the hospital, with plans to open the doors next week following a comprehensive commissioning process.

To mark this special occasion Wiradjuri Elder, Lewis Burns performed a traditional smoking ceremony out the front of the building to cleanse the new facilities.

The new main entrance is part of the NSW Government $150 million Dubbo Hospital Redevelopment Stages 3 and 4 which continue the hospital’s major expansion and upgrade. It features an impressive double-storey glass frontage to let in plenty of natural light and provide a clear main entry point for patients and visitors.

In response to community feedback, the new area features bright and engaging artwork that captures the unique identity of the Dubbo and western NSW region.

Connected to the Emergency Department’s new waiting area, the Front of House includes a main reception area, seating areas for visitors and patients, retail space, and drop-off zone.

This exciting milestone follows the opening of the Emergency Department, Medical Imaging and Coronary Care units in the Macquarie building in 2020.

In addition to the Macquarie building, Stages 3 and 4 includes additions to the Talbragar building for a new Surgical Unit (opened in March 2018) and a new Dialysis Unit (opened in December 2019), as well as additional car parking.

Construction of the Stage 4 building is happening in parallel with the construction of the $35 million Western Cancer Centre.

Construction is also set to start on the Dubbo Hospital Car Park Project, which will deliver more than 350 spaces within a new multi-storey car park next to the Western Cancer Centre and an on-grade car park close to the new front of house.

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