Orange's long-awaited palliative care facility began a 12-month trial on Monday.
The four-bed service is available to Orange Health Service patients and will be provided at Uniting's Parkwood facility in Prince Street.
A Western NSW Local Health District spokeswoman said the level of clinical care would be the same as patients received at the hospital.
"Admission will be through consultation between the hospital and the patient's GP and will take into account the type of care and services required by the individual patient," she said.
"At the end of the 12 months there will be an evaluation of both the clinical care provided and experiences of patients and their families."
The facility will allow patients to receive a high level of clinical care in a more home-like environment where families can spend time with their loved ones.
Orange Push for Palliative Care president Jenny Hazelton said she was "thrilled" the service had started but wanted to see it extended beyond the trial and provide other services including respite care and sympathetic pain management.
"I'm really thrilled that at last we have a really wonderful option for end-of-life care and we will continue advocating. We are not done yet," she said.
"We are determined this will be successful and go on, that it will be a valuable addition to our services and it will continue past the 12 month-trial."
I'm really thrilled that at last we have a really wonderful option for end-of-life care and we will continue advocating. We are not done yet.Jenny Hazelton, Orange Push for Palliative Care
Mrs Hazelton said it has been at least seven years since palliative care was provided at the old Orange Base Hospital.
She said the OPFPC group had been fighting since March 2015 for the return of a designated palliative care facility.
"It is in association with the other options, being able to stay at home, at the hospital, or in an aged care facility. It is only for end-of-life care," she said.
Member for Orange Phil Donato said the next step would be a permanent facility for palliative care available in Orange.
"It is probably one of our greatest achievements. We've been able to achieve this in two years with the help of Push for Palliative and the wider community," he said.
"I am keenly focussed on having that extended," Mr Donato said.
He said it was a key objective after being re-elected on Saturday.
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