The new $138million Hedland Health Campus will open for emergency and other clinical services from 8am today, replacing the 35-year-old Port Hedland Hospital.
Health Minister Kim Hames said ambulance and emergency services would transport patients from today directly to the new Hedland Health Campus 24-hour emergency department (ED) on Colebatch Way, South Hedland.
“I visited the new Hedland Health Campus just weeks ago and was immensely impressed with the new hospital. It is a fantastic facility for the people of the region and a big improvement on the old hospital which served well for many years,” Dr Hames said.
“To ensure a smooth transition, both the new Hedland Health Campus and the old Port Hedland Hospital will have functional EDs and operating theatres from 8am until 1pm today.
“All midwifery, dialysis and clients scheduled for procedures have been personally contacted to advise them of how the new arrangements will affect them.
“Patients currently in the old hospital will be transferred into the new hospital during the morning.”
The new campus will replace Port Hedland Regional Hospital, which was erected as a temporary building following the devastation of Cyclone Joan in 1975.
The Minister said that staff and patients were excited about the move.
“They are thrilled to be moving into this modern campus that will bring most of Port Hedland’s major medical facilities together,” he said.
“Our maternity clients are particularly excited to see which Pilbara parents will have the first baby to be born at the campus.”
For community members arriving on site, there will be a meet and greet service to make sure everyone knows how to get to the department they are looking for.
Mental Health Minister Graham Jacobs said a feature of the campus was a new Community Mental Health and Drug Services facility which was now operational.
“This facility provides better access for consumer’s carers and families, given that most of the population resides in South Hedland,” Dr Jacobs said.
“The integration of mental health and drug and alcohol teams will not only improve our services, but will provide an opportunity in the future for the co-location of other health community services provides.”
A number of facilities have already successfully opened to the public at the new Hedland Health Campus including:
· aged care services
· consultation facilities for Community Mental Health Drug and Alcohol
· medical imaging X-ray services
· pathology services
· allied health services such as child health, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology and home nursing
· Patient Assisted Travel Scheme (PATS).
Hedland Health Campus reception can be contacted on 9174 1000.
Health Minister's office - 9222 8788
Mental Health Minister's office - 9213 6900