Community consultation for the $2 million refurbishment of the Boulia Primary Health Care
Centre will get under way in August.

Central West Hospital and Health Board Chair Jane Williams said the input from the community
would be used to develop options for the refurbishment.

Ms Williams said Central West Health hoped to be able to go out to tender for the Boulia work
by November/December, with work starting around April or May next year.

“We will be very keen to encourage local contractors with the appropriate licences to make
submissions to do the work, which we estimate will support eight jobs, directly and indirectly,’’
she said.

“Once the work gets under way, we expect it will take about six months to complete as it will
need to be staged so as to ensure there is no disruption to vital health services during the
refurbishment.

“Some of the proposed works include the installation of disabled access, upgrade of the
ambulance access point and upgrade or replacement of all existing mechanical, electrical and
hydraulic systems. Internal layouts will also be assessed which have historically created
problems when RFDS and other visiting teams are working in the clinic.

“The refurbishment will bring the existing building up to modern standards and improve patient
workflows.’’

The funding for the Boulia refurbishment was announced by Deputy Premier and Minister for
Infrastructure, Local Government and Planning Jackie Trad in early June.

The funding is part of the State Government’s $180 million Significant Regional Infrastructure
Projects Program.

Ms Williams said the Boulia Primary Health Care Centre had been built in the late 1970s, with
few internal improvements since then.

“The Boulia clinic serves a community of around 500 people, as well as numerous travellers
through the region and it is important it remain up to the standard required to continue delivering
health services,’’ she said.

“The funding we have received will allow us to make significant improvements to the facility.’’

The Boulia clinic provides nurse-led clinic services from Monday to Friday, ambulance services
and 24-hours a day, seven days a week emergency on-call services.

The clinic has a focus on chronic disease and Aboriginal health programs, as well as mental
health, in-home community nursing and expanding access to telehealth services for specialist
care.

All visiting non-government health agencies also use facility to provide services to the local
community.

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