Lourdes Hospital & Community Health Service

Lourdes is an integral part of the Healthcare system in Western NSW and Dubbo.

Lourdes Hospital & Community Health Service (Lourdes) is a Third Schedule Public Hospital managed by Catholic Healthcare and subsidised by the Government of New South Wales through the NSW Ministry of Health. Lourdes is fully accredited by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.

Lourdes is an integral part of the health precinct for Dubbo and the Western region which comprises public and private hospitals, residential and community aged care services, the Dubbo Clinical School, School of Rural Health, Sydney University Dubbo Campus and Charles Sturt University.

Lourdes provides a continuum of hospital, health and extended-care services and promotes a holistic view of individual and family wellbeing that enables people to live life to the fullest. Services include:

Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Outreach service for adults who have sustained a traumatic brain injury and selected acquired brain injury

Aged Care Assesssment Team

A team of registered nurses attend older patients in their own home to do a comprahensive assesment when referred via the My Aged Care Portal. They then recommend services based on the care needs of each individual.

Community Nursing

The Community nursing team provide nursing care in the patient’s home, or in clinics at  Lourdes Hospital, with sevices including wound care, continience management, palliative care and short-term medication assistance. This team covers Dubbo and the surrounding  20 km radius from the town limits. 

Community Palliative Care
Registered Nurses provide specialised nursing service to patients and their families with a life limiting illness,  in their home providing symptom management and end of life care. This team covers the Dubbo area and a large part of Western NSW.

Outpatient lymphoedema clinics to patients with cancer related lymphoedema or those who are at risk of developing lymphoedema.

Hydrotherapy pool at Lourdes Hospital provides service for inpatients and outpatients.

Hydrotherapy is a form of physiotherapy treatment (also known as Aquatic Physiotherapy) conducted in a heated pool (temp apporx. 32-34°c).

Hydrotherapy can be beneficial for:

    • Increasing muscle strength and joint range of motion
    • Relieving pain and reducing swelling
    • Improving balance, mobility, general fitness
    • Prior to participating in Hydrotherapy

Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetic service for inpatients 

Inpatient rehabilitation, geriatric evaluation and management and transitional aged care.
The inpatient area is a 34 bed ward treating patients with a variety of health issues, the services include rehabilitation, assessment, transitional aged care and palliation. The aim of this ward is to help people regain their independence, understand their health needs or simply provide the best quality of life. Programs look at the whole person and treatment and activities are provided to meet physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs.

Occupational therapy
The primary goal of Occupational Therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of every day life.  This may involve helping people to change things relating to their person, activities, ways of doing things or their enviornment to enhance participation.  The Occupational Therapy team at offers services in the areas of inpatient care, community outreach service and outpatient cancer related lymphoedema care.

  • Palliative Care
  • Prosthetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rural Spinal Cord Injury Program
  • Social Welfare
  • Speech Pathology
  • Transitional Aged Care
  • Pastoral Care – Health for the heart, mind and spirit.

NSW Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program

Lourdes Hospital in Dubbo hosts one of the 15 specialised rehabilitation services for patients suffering from a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) in NSW. Metropolitan and rural Brain Injury Rehabilitation Programs (BIRPs) are located in local health districts (LHDs) across NSW and are part of a statewide service funded by NSW Health. The focus of the BIRPs is the establishment, development, and maintenance of a network of services to improve access and care to those people suffering from a TBI.

View Dubbo Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program in Dubbo

The services and programs provided by Lourdes are diverse and supplement many of the health and community services available in the Western NSW Local Health District. 

Lourdes provides

  • Aged Care Assessment Team
  • Brain Injury Rehabilitation Program
  • Community Nursing
  • Continence Advice
  • Geriatric Evaluation Management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy Pool
  • Lymphoedema
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Occupational therapy
  • Palliative Care
  • Prosthetics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Rural Spinal Cord Injury Program
  • Pastoral Care
  • Social Welfare
  • Speech Pathology
  • Transitional Aged Care

Lourdes Hospital & Community Service has a dedicated team of health, aged care and support service professionals who promote quality of life for people with an injury or disability and for older members of the community. Lourdes provides a continuum of hospital, health and extended care services and promotes a holistic view of individual and family wellbeing that enables people to live life to the fullest.

Contact Details

Lourdes Hospital & Community Health Service
4 Tony McGrane Place
PO Box 974
Dubbo NSW 2830
T:02 6841 8500
F: 02 6841 8577
E: lourdesadmin@chcs.com.au

In patient visiting hours:

Monday to Sunday:
8am - 4pm

Outpatient services available:

Monday to Friday:
8.30am – 5.00pm

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