Tenders have been called today for the first phase of the main Kalgoorlie Hospital redevelopment works - the construction of a new palliative care addition.
Health Minister Kim Hames said this marked an important step forward in the $55.8million redevelopment project, which is on target for completion by 2013.
“The new palliative care addition to the existing medical ward at the hospital will include three ‘home-style’ rooms for the exclusive use of palliative care patients,” Dr Hames said.
“The Goldfields community can look forward to improved facilities that will greatly enhance patient privacy and comfort.
“Each room will have its own ensuite, private courtyard and fold-out sofa bed, allowing family, friends or carers to stay overnight with their loved ones.
“There will be tea and coffee-making facilities, small fridge, microwave and table, so families can sit and share a meal.
“In addition, a separate lounge room will be provided for use by patients and their visitors, as well as a private meeting room.
“The new palliative care addition will be located close to car parks with easy access for visitors.”
Kalgoorlie MLA John Bowler said the palliative care rooms would be a welcome addition.
“Those planning the redevelopment are to be commended for giving this stage a high priority because care for the most seriously ill reflects on the entire community,” Mr Bowler said.
The Royalties for Regions scheme has provided $15.8million towards the hospital redevelopment project.
Also as part of this first phase of building works, two new electrical switch rooms will be built and new electrical switch gear bought.
The tender period will remain open until December 9, with construction works scheduled to begin early next year.
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