Goldfields families needing medical help will be treated in a new palliative care facility within the next three years, with work today starting on the $55.8million upgrade of the Kalgoorlie Health Campus.
Mental Health Minister and Eyre MLA Graham Jacobs, Kalgoorlie MLA John Bowler and Mining and Pastoral MLC Wendy Duncan today marked the occasion with a ceremonial turning of the first sod of soil on the site.
“The Liberal-National Government is pleased to be giving back to the Goldfields community which contributes so much to Western Australia’s prosperity. We are returning the rewards of our strong economic decisions to the community in the form of social and health services,” Dr Jacobs said.
“This first phase of the redevelopment, the construction of a new palliative care addition to the existing medical ward at the hospital, is well on track for completion by the end of this year.
“The addition will include three ‘home style’ purpose-built rooms for the exclusive use of palliative care patients, to provide greater patient comfort and privacy.
“Each room will have its own ensuite, private courtyard and fold-out sofa bed available for family, friends or carers to stay overnight with their loved ones.
“A separate lounge room and a private meeting room will also be provided for use by patients and their visitors, who will have easy access to the new addition from car parks located nearby.”
Mr Bowler and Ms Duncan commended the State Government for making the hospital redevelopment project a high priority.
“This is an important milestone for the Goldfields community. We can now look forward to seeing this vital regional facility take shape during the coming months,”
Mr Bowler said.
Ms Duncan said the Liberal-National Government’s Royalties for Regions program had provided $15.8million towards the redevelopment.
“I am pleased the Royalties for Regions program has contributed to the Kalgoorlie Health Campus redevelopment project and I look forward to the scheduled completion in 2013,” Ms Duncan said.
Builder Cooper & Oxley was recently awarded the $2.7million contract to build the new addition.
Plans for the addition are on display in the main corridor of the Kalgoorlie Hospital and information about the redevelopment project is available on the WA Country Health Service website at http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au or phone 9080 5710.
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