A new acute psychiatric unit and paediatric facility for Broome came a step closer today with construction of the facilities set to begin.
Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs and Mining and Pastoral MLC Ken Baston visited the site in Broome to announce the successful tender.
The successful company, Norbuilt Australia Pty Ltd, is expected to begin work soon on the State-funded $9.422million 14-bed acute psychiatric facility and a Commonwealth-funded paediatric building.
Mr Baston said the psychiatric unit would be the first of its kind in the north of the State and provide access for people living in the Kimberley and the Pilbara.
“This will mean people in the north of the State will have access to mental health services closer to home and reduce demand on the Royal Flying Doctor Service,” he said.
Dr Jacobs said the new paediatric facility replaced the current one which operated from a transportable building at Broome Hospital. When completed, the facility would have sufficient capacity to cater for future demand for paediatric and obstetric services.
“Master site planning identified that the paediatric building and the new acute psychiatric unit would need to be built simultaneously,” he said.
The construction of the new facilities signalled the second stage of the Broome Hospital redevelopment. Stage one, which included refurbishing and upgrading wards; operating theatres; specialist centre; and triage and reception area, is nearing completion.
The Minister said the investment in Broome, along with the new Hedland Health Campus, would complement existing facilities to ensure that North-West residents had access to a high-quality, modern health service to match the region’s growing demands.
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