The State Government has appointed Perkins (WA) Pty Ltd to build the new radiotherapy centre - the first of its kind for regional Western Australia - at the South West Health Campus in Bunbury.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the appointment marked a significant milestone in the $15.2million development which was on target for completion by mid-2011.
“This new centre, which was a Liberal-National Government election commitment, will provide state-of-the-art facilities and services for the majority of cancer patients requiring radiation oncology treatment in the South-West,” Dr Hames said.
“Importantly, this will reduce the need for these patients to travel to Perth and enable them to remain closer to their homes and the support of family and friends.
“Patients suffering from the most common cancers in the South-West region, including cancer of the breast, colon, lung, prostate and those undergoing palliative treatments for symptom control, will be able to be treated locally.
“It is anticipated that in the first five years of operation, the centre will treat 350 to 400 patients a year, increasing to about 670 patients a year by 2021, in line with expected population growth.
“Two radiation oncology bunkers will be built at the centre to meet this future growth in demand.
“The new centre will also include clinic and consultation facilities; treatment rooms; dedicated patient reception and waiting rooms; and staff and support services areas.”
The project is jointly funded with the State Government providing $9.2million and the Federal Government contributing the balance.
Bunbury MLA John Castrilli said the appointment of the locally based builder was a huge step forward towards delivery of the project, which would bring important benefits to local patients.
“It is so important that we support those in our community who are seriously ill and most in need of our care,” Mr Castrilli said.
“Having a local centre will greatly ease the stress and financial burden on South-West patients and means they will be able to receive treatment in familiar surroundings.
“It was also pleasing to see that the tender had been awarded to locally-based builders, creating local job opportunities and ensuring the economic benefits flow on to the South-West region.”
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