Important new health services are now being provided to the district community thanks to a $5 million upgrade of the Tocumwal Multipurpose Service.
The upgrades were officially opened last Wednesday.
Many members of the Tocumwal community, who serve in a volunteer capacity, were on hand to see Member for Murray Adrian Piccoli perform the official task.
‘‘The completion of the MPS is an important achievement for Tocumwal and the surrounding communities,’’ Mr Piccoli said.
“The Tocumwal MPS is a one stop shop with all services housed under the one roof, with a number of improvements for residents.
‘‘This is what the community have asked for and we have heard them.
‘‘The Tocumwal MPS project forms part of a $300 million program of works to upgrade existing or build new MPS facilities in rural and remote communities across NSW.
‘‘The MPS model tailors healthcare needs for the local community by integrating health, aged care services, and emergency services, to provide flexible health service delivery – from primary health care to acute and residential aged care.’’
The upgrades at Tocumwal included extending existing wings and reconfiguration of existing bedrooms.
It also provided a new triage room, enhanced residential lounge and dining spaces, a new family and carer lounge and new accessible public toilet.
The funding also allowed for expanded support services including linen area, new resident laundry and refurbished acute beds.
Tocumwal Public School students were invited to be part of the celebrations last week, with its school choir leading the gathered crowd in a rendition of Advance Australia Fair to start proceedings.
There were special thanks for the community, staff, residents and patients, the Local Health Advisory Committee and the Hospital Auxiliary, who were all extensively involved in the planning and delivery of the new facility.