New maternity and chemotherapy units at Rockingham General Hospital will boost care to people locally, Health Minister Kim Hames announced today.
Dr Hames said expectant mothers and fathers were welcomed through the doors of Rockingham General Hospital’s new maternity unit on Monday.
The unit was part of a $115million redevelopment and was an important asset for the local community.
“Rockingham General Hospital has seen a 6.4 per cent increase in births during the past year, which it has managed during the hospital’s redevelopment,” the Minister said.
“The completion of this unit offers new mothers and their families a homely environment and comfortable surroundings to welcome their newborns.”
The unit provides single and double rooms with ensuite and baby bath facilities and encompasses a new Level 2A neonatal nursery.
Security has also been increased, with secure access to the ward through the use of a video phone.
Dr Hames said the new neonatal nursery enabled the hospital to care for unwell and premature babies, who previously could have been transferred to another hospital for specialist care.
For the first time, the hospital would also offer chemotherapy services to patients from Monday, September 27 in a new day unit.
Trish Wilson is a local resident and one of a number of cancer patients who hope to transfer to the new unit.
“Up until now, I have travelled to Fremantle and more recently Peel Health Campus for my treatment,” Ms Wilson said
“I have had to rely on friends and relatives to assist with travel arrangements to and from appointments.
“I have received great support and care when I have attended Rockingham General Hospital in the past and look forward to the opportunity to receive treatment at my local hospital.
“This can only enhance my quality of life, independence and confidence, and assist me on my journey in dealing with my illness.”
The Minister said the hospital would also be opening a Level 1 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) from November 1, 2010 - only the second non-tertiary ICU in the South Metropolitan Area Health Service.
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