Tenders have been advertised today for the construction of a new acute psychiatric unit and a new paediatric facility on the Broome Hospital site.
Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs said that the State-funded $9.422million, 14-bed acute psychiatric unit would be the first of its kind in the north of the State, providing access to mental health services closer to home for people living in the Kimberley and Pilbara.
“This new mental health facility will offer a mix of open and secure beds, providing patients with high-level care in a facility closer to the support of family and friends,” Dr Jacobs said.
“This will lead to better patient care and ease demand on the Royal Flying Doctor Service and acute psychiatric facilities in Perth.”
The WA Country Health Service received Commonwealth funding approval in 2009 to construct a new $7.9million paediatric building in Broome, replacing the current paediatric facility operating from a transportable building at Broome Hospital.
Once completed, the contemporary paediatric facility will provide sufficient capacity to accommodate the projected demand for paediatric and obstetric services in the region.
Mining and Pastoral MLC Ken Baston said master site planning had identified that the paediatric building and the new acute psychiatric unit would need to be constructed simultaneously due to access issues.
“The construction of both buildings is therefore expected to commence in June 2010, with completion scheduled for late 2011,” Mr Baston said.
“This investment in Broome and the new Hedland Health Campus will complement existing health facilities to ensure that North-West residents have access to a high-quality, modern health service to match the growing demands of the region’s population.”
Construction of the new Acute Psychiatric Unit and Paediatric Unit signals the second stage of the Broome Hospital redevelopment. Stage one of the redevelopment, which included refurbishments and upgrades to wards, the operating theatre, specialist centre and triage and reception area, has reached practical completion.
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