Tenders have been called to continue the $55.8million transformation of the Kalgoorlie Health Campus.
Premier Colin Barnett joined Mental Health Minister and Eyre MLA Graham Jacobs in Kalgoorlie-Boulder today to check progress on the Stage One works, including the new palliative care centre.
The centre 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 nearby car parks.
The Stage Two works include a new emergency department; special care unit with an observation ward and new medical imaging (X-ray) department - the most extensive part of the redevelopment.
This follows an intensive design phase where staff and the community have been involved in detailed planning of the new facilities.
Stage Two involves:
· construction of a new block to provide a new hospital entrance and foyer, leading to the new emergency and medical imaging departments
· a four-bed observation ward at the rear of the emergency department
· a six-bed special care unit
· increasing the emergency department capacity from 10 to 14 treatment bays and adding specialty rooms such as isolation
The Premier last visited the Kalgoorlie Health Campus in November 2008 and was delighted with the progress made during this time.
“The Liberal-National Government is committed to providing better access to health care services for all Western Australians in all parts of the State,” he said
“The redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Health Campus was one of our major election promises, so I am pleased to see this long over-due redevelopment coming to life.”
Dr Jacobs said as part of the Stage Two works, a new emergency department would include a separate waiting area for parents with young children as well as facilities for a fast track service to operate in the department’s busiest times.
“The fast track service, which is part of the State’s Four Hour Rule program, is where patients with minor injuries will be treated and discharged sooner, and will mean a reduction in waiting times for all emergency department patients,” Dr Jacobs said.
“The new medical imaging (X-ray) department is to be located alongside the Emergency Department, which ensures ease of access for patients and staff between the two services.”
The $55.8million redevelopment, including $15.8million from Royalties for Regions, is due for completion by the end of 2013.
Premier’s office - 9222 9475
Mental Health Minister’s office - 9213 6900