The State Government today called for Expressions of Interest from the private sector for involvement in the development and provision of health services for the new $135million Albany Health Campus.
Health Minister Kim Hames said this was an important step in the development of the purpose-built health campus which would see modern and expanded health care services provided closer to home for more than 50,000 Great Southern residents.
“The Government is honouring an election commitment to build a new hospital, after years of delay by Labor,” Dr Hames said.
“This is one of the biggest public hospital developments ever undertaken in regional Western Australia and we are urging private sector organisations to register their interest early to be part of this project.
“We want to create a modern, contemporary and innovative Albany Health Campus that brings together inpatient and specialist hospital based services with a range of outpatient services for the seamless care of patients in a ‘one-stop-shop’ service.”
The Minister said interest was sought in relation to the provision of health services and/or the construction of components of the health facility, including a potential contribution to the capital cost; the provision of services, equipment and facilities; and the provision of co-located services and facilities.
It was envisaged that the following ‘core services’ would continue to be provided by the public sector:
Emergency care including short stay observation
Operating theatres including public day procedures
Central sterilising services
Inpatient medical care
Inpatient surgical care
Inpatient maternity care
Inpatient and community mental health care.
Dr Hames said services including, but not limited to, pharmacy, medical imaging, chemotherapy, renal dialysis and specialist clinics (medical centre), private multi-day or same-day beds (or surgical/same day procedure services which were in addition to those operated by the public sector), and any other related health service (e.g. commercial retail opportunity), had been identified as potentially being provided by the private sector through a range of different operating models.
“Consideration will be given to any innovative proposal by the private sector that could improve the synergy and overall effectiveness and efficiency of services provided from the Albany Health Campus,” he said.
“Expressions of interest should canvass options that provide the best value for money to the people of the Great Southern region.”
Once completed in 2013, the new state-of-the-art health campus would include an expanded Emergency Department and four-bed observation unit, as well as additional mental health beds and expanded ambulatory care service capacity including day ward, renal dialysis, palliative care and cancer services.
The Minister said modern inpatient ward areas would offer a far greater level of patient amenity. Regional surgical services would be enhanced with a purpose-built surgical centre incorporating three new theatres, a scope room and a procedure room, which would allow for more elective and day surgeries to be performed in Albany.
“Maternity services will consist of three birthing suites and a neonatal nursery delivering contemporary maternity services to women in the region,” he said.
“Community health facilities offering adult and child speech pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietetics, social work, podiatry and other allied health and therapy services will also be an important component of the new Albany Health Campus.”
For more information visit the WA Government tenders website: https://www.tenders.wa.gov.au/watenders/index.do
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