Locals can learn about new MPS

Members of the public are invited to an information session tonight at the Cobar Memorial Services Club to find out what’s being planned for Cobar’s new Multipurpose Service (MPS) health facility.

Staff from the Western NSW Local Health District (WNSWLHD) and Health Infrastructure who are working on the project will be in town today to answer any questions about the project.

In addition to tonight’s public information session, the WNSWLHD staff will also hold meetings with staff from the Cobar Hospital and Lilliane Brady Village (LBV), as well as members of the LBV Pink Ladies, the Cobar Health Council board and the Cobar Hospital Auxiliary committee.

The proposed plan is to incorporate the existing LBV aged care facility into the new multipurpose health service.

The MPS program is aimed at improving access to health and aged care services in smaller rural and remote communities.

In February this year, State Member for Barwon Kevin Humphries announced Cobar would receive $15million for the redevelopment of Cobar Hospital.

“Multipurpose services contribute enormously to the wellbeing of rural communities,” Mr Humphries said.

“They provide integrated health care in a patient-centred environment, encouraging better care closer to home.”

Mr Humphries said incorporating the LBV into the MPS made sense and would provide a better workplace for hospital staff and better experience for patients.

He said it will allow health services to share resources and staff.