Dubbo Hospital responds on maternity unit

The NSW Government is investing more than $240 million to upgrade Dubbo Hospital to ensure the services and facilities on offer are among the best in the State.

Our birthing and maternity unit is just one of many areas to benefit from these infrastructure improvements, with more hospital redevelopment still to come.

Each year, Dubbo Hospital helps around 150,000 patients and our maternity unit is one of the busiest in inland NSW with around 1,200 babies born every year.

The hospital redevelopment has allowed us to increase the number of maternity beds and future proof the unit to meet growing demand on our maternity services. 

The Bureau of Health Information's Patient Perspectives Survey released this year found almost 90 percent of women felt their length of stay at our maternity unit was just right; substantially higher than the NSW average.

Ninety per cent of women surveyed in BHI's Maternity Care Survey were positive about the care they received during labour and birth, saying their doctor or midwife always explained things in an understandable way.

Three-quarters of those surveyed said they "would speak highly" of their maternity experience at Dubbo Hospital and this survey was taken before the improvements to the maternity unit.

The clinical need of our patients is always the priority for our staff and where a mother or family need extra support, it will always be provided either in hospital or in the community - whichever is appropriate.

We are extremely proud of the maternity and pre- and post-natal services at Dubbo Base Hospital and the level of care our dedicated staff provide to new mothers and their families.

Scott McLachlan, Chief Executive, Western NSW Local Health District.

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