Goldfields residents will have a new Kalgoorlie Hospital by 2012.
The Liberal-National Government today announced $55.8million for the redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Hospital - $15.8million to come from the Royalties for Regions funding.
Work on the redevelopment is expected to start early next year.
Premier Colin Barnett said this vital regional facility had been consistently ignored for eight years under the previous Labor government. For that reason, the Liberal-National Government had made the redevelopment of the hospital a main priority in its first 100 days in office.
“The Liberal-National Government is committed to providing better access to health care services for all Western Australians in all parts of the State,” he said.
“The neglect of our health system over the past eight years is one of the key issues the new State Government will address.”
Mr Barnett visited Kalgoorlie Hospital today with Health Minister Dr Kim Hames, Regional Development Minister Brendan Grylls, Mental Health Minister Dr Graham Jacobs and Kalgoorlie MLA John Bowler.
Dr Hames said urgent upgrades to the ageing hospital building would ensure people of the Goldfields would receive enhanced clinical facilities and better access to health care closer to home, reducing the need to travel to Perth.
“Importantly, the redevelopment will allow the emergency department and acute services wards to be located together with the medical imaging and medical records departments to greatly improve patient access and the timeliness of diagnosis and treatment,” Dr Hames said.
“The day surgery ward and operating suite will be significantly refurbished and modernised.”
· construction of a new palliative care unit including a courtyard
· enlargement and refurbishment of the ensuites on the medical ward
· refurbishment of the existing emergency department and medical imaging unit for use by allied health services such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy
· creation of a new entrance for the hospital and refurbishment of the admissions and reception area
· improved car parking for patients, visitors and staff
· an upgrade to site and engineering services.
Mr Grylls said the Royalties for Regions funding contribution to Kalgoorlie was an important delivery for country Western Australians and demonstrated the clear focus of the Liberal-National Government.
Mr Grylls commended Independent local member John Bowler for his strong representation and commitment to the people of Kalgoorlie on this issue.
Kalgoorlie Hospital is the major trauma centre servicing the Goldfields - the largest rural region in WA - and home to about 56,000 people, as well as a large number who fly-in, fly-out to work on remote mining sites.
It is estimated that the region’s population will grow by about 18 per cent to more than 65,000 people by the year 2031.
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