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The Dubbo community is a step closer to a new, expanded NSW Health Pathology laboratory, with construction work now underway on the $6 million facility.
The project will deliver a larger, more modern pathology department to meet the growing health needs of the Dubbo community.
The new laboratory will ensure NSW Health Pathology staff can access fit-for-purpose facilities, including modern, automated testing platforms.
As part of NSW Health Pathology’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the Dubbo laboratory has also been selected for a pilot project to install sensor taps to conserve water and support energy efficiency.
Laboratory Manager Monique Mintern said the sustainability pilot project will be a welcome addition.
“The sustainability of sensor taps is significant,” Ms Mintern said.
“They create a hygienic and safe environment, reducing the chances of cross-contamination in the laboratory while also conserving water.
“Our local community here in Dubbo has lived through many years of drought and we appreciate how precious our local water supply is.”
NSW Health Pathology has awarded the $6 million contract to North Construction and Building following a competitive tender process.
North Managing Director Matthew Cook said North will work alongside NSW Public Works to refurbish the former ambulatory care section of the hospital which will house the new pathology laboratory.
“North has a long history of not only delivering essential medical facilities for NSW Health but also working collaboratively with NSW Public Works to bring these, and other, projects to fruition throughout regional NSW,” Mr Cook said.
“Our local team of experts is looking forward to completing these much-needed upgrades for the staff, patients and broader community.”
Construction work is due to be completed in late 2024. The existing pathology laboratory will continue to operate while the new laboratory is built.