Major milestone for Bonalbo MPS
Today, a ceremonial brick was laid in the new Bonalbo Multi-Purpose Service (MPS) as part of a topping out ceremony to mark the completion of the new facility’s roof.
Work is progressing to schedule on Stage 1, comprising 15 residential aged care beds, a 24-hour emergency department, inpatient beds and consultations rooms, due for completion by end of the year.
Stage 2, comprising of ‘back of house’ staff facilities, kitchen, and staff accommodation is due for completion in mid-2018.
The new MPS in Bonalbo will replace the existing hospital and outdated community health building with a modern, integrated health facility that will service the needs of region long into the future.
To date, there has been the equivalent of 28 full-time positions created, totalling more than 20,000 hours. This includes two full-time Aboriginal staff members - one working as the administrative site assistant, and the other employed as a site supervisor.
Bonalbo MPS is part of a greater $300 million program of works to upgrade existing or build new MPS facilities in a number of 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.
Construction of the Bonalbo MPS project is expected to be completed in mid-2018.