A major milestone has been reached in the $55.8million redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Hospital with the project well on track for completion by 2013.
Health Minister Dr Kim Hames today announced that forward works had been completed, paving the way for the main redevelopment works to begin.
“This next stage of the main redevelopment works includes construction of a palliative care addition to the hospital’s existing medical ward,” Dr Hames said.
“This new palliative care unit will provide three, large, home-style purpose‑built rooms, each with access to a private courtyard for the exclusive use of palliative care patients.
“The redevelopment of the Kalgoorlie Hospital also includes construction of a new Emergency Department and a new hospital entrance, along with a lounge area for use by patients, their families, friends and carers.”
Two new emergency generators in sound-proofed housing have been installed to ensure essential ongoing power supply to the hospital.
Over the last six months major drainage works have been completed to flood-proof the area in front of the current Emergency Department and across the front of the hospital. Upgrades have also taken place on the sewerage system and storm water pumping station.
Kalgoorlie MLA John Bowler said after years of delays and broken promises it was pleasing to see the project moving ahead.
“These are the first major works to be completed at Kalgoorlie Hospital in some time, and I commend the architect and site manager for ensuring the works have been completed on time and within budget,” Dr Hames said.
“This vital regional facility was consistently ignored for years under the previous Labor government.
“The Liberal-National Government is getting on with the job of making the redevelopment of the hospital happen as a priority.”
The Royalties for Regions program has provided $15.8million towards the Kalgoorlie Hospital redevelopment project.
Construction work on the new palliative care unit is expected to begin early next year.
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