Visitors to Dubbo Hospital may well be in shock at being able to more easily find a car parking space.
A new 131-space car park on the site where Playmates Cottage once stood has been partially opened.
Hospital general manager Debbie Bickerton said 75 car parking spaces in the new car park were now being used by the public.
The other 56 car parking spaces are covered with "site sheds".
"Otherwise they would be opened too," Ms Bickerton said
The site sheds will not be moved until the completion of the hospital's stage four redevelopment which is focused on the current construction of a three-storey clinical building.
"So that's a couple of years away," Ms Bickerton said.
Barriers preventing entry to the new car park in the south-eastern corner of the hospital campus were taken down quietly in the lead-up to the March 23 state election.
The Western NSW Local Health District opted not to make announcements while the government was in caretaker mode.
Ms Bickerton said the new car park had been scheduled to open after stage four redevelopment when there would be "more activity and more services coming on site".
Dubbo Hospital staff specialists, currently working out of units one, two and three at Manera Plaza, would be moving on to the first floor of the new clinical building, she said.
Motorists have made their feelings known about trying to find a car parking space in the car park running along the eastern side of the hospital.
"We've now got people in the middle of the morning seeing car parks in it which they never would have seen before," Ms Bickerton said.
In January the state government committed $30 million to the building of a car park with more than 350 car parking spaces at the hospital.