Methadone clinic will be ready soon

The New Beginnings methadone clinic being constructed at Mount Druitt Hospital. Pictures: Gary Warrick

The New Beginnings methadone clinic being constructed at Mount Druitt Hospital. Pictures: Gary Warrick

The New Beginnings methadone clinic being constructed at Mount Druitt Hospital. Pictures: Gary Warrick

The New Beginnings methadone clinic being constructed at Mount Druitt Hospital. Pictures: Gary Warrick

The New Beginnings methadone clinic being constructed at Mount Druitt Hospital. Pictures: Gary Warrick

The New Beginnings methadone clinic being constructed at Mount Druitt Hospital. Pictures: Gary Warrick

CONSTRUCTION of the new methadone clinic at Mount Druitt Hospital is in its final stages.

Six months after Mulgoa MP Tanya Davies announced the clinic would move from Queen Street, St Marys, Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) has confirmed it will be ready for patients by September.

It has cost $1.5 million to build the New Beginnings clinic.

"WSLHD drug health service welcomes the opportunity for improved treatment access for Mount Druitt residents with substance use issues," drug health director Nghi Phung said.

"Initially, we expect 150 patients from the local area to attend the clinic each week, with several services available during business hours seven days a week. We are confident the clinic will have minimal impact to the local community and residents."

The Star's request to interview a WSLHD health professional wasn't responded to.

While many people believe the clinic has held St Marys back from revitalisation and can't wait for the move, concerns have been raised about the impact it will have on Mount Druitt.

The clinic won't be located in the main hospital building and is near the Railway Street entrance, which is close to homes.

"People won't start realising the clinic is there until people start loitering around," Mount Druitt MP Richard Amery said. "All it does is transfer the problem from one suburb to another."

Mr Amery was told surveillance cameras would be installed around the clinic's exterior and be monitored by nursing and reception staff during open hours.

It will be alarmed and monitored by security staff after hours.

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