The State Government has awarded a medical imaging services contract for Bunbury Hospital worth $24.14million over 10 years.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the contract was won by Global Diagnostics, formerly known as Imaging The South Pty Ltd (ITS), following a public tender process conducted jointly with St John of God Health Care whose private hospital shares the South West Health Campus in Bunbury.
“ITS was first appointed as the medical imaging provider to service both hospitals when the health campus was founded in 1999,” Dr Hames said.
“The new contract to Bunbury Hospital covers a comprehensive radiological service including MRI and nuclear medicine, involving about 20,000 examinations annually.”
The ITS contract started on November 1, 2010 and runs for five years with a five-year extension option.
Earlier this year, the Minister announced a $14.9million redevelopment of Bunbury Hospital, including expansion of the Emergency Department (ED) and creation of an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). The three-stage project is mainly funded by the Federal Government.
“Work is on track for the ICU to be operational early next year, followed by ED expansion in 2012 and a new short-stay unit and fast-track emergency area in 2013,” Dr Hames said.
“The South West Health Campus is the major medical centre for the region and these improvements will mean many people in the South-West requiring critical care will no longer have to be transferred to Perth,” he said.
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