Construction work starts today on the most extensive phase of the $55.8million redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Health Campus.
“Phase two of the hospital’s redevelopment involves a new front entrance and foyer which will lead to the new emergency and medical imaging departments,” Health Minister Kim Hames said.
“The new emergency department will increase treatment bays from 11 to 16 and includes isolation rooms and single rooms, as well as a separate waiting area for the use of families with young children.
“There will also be an area specifically designed to operate a fast track service at busy times.”
Dr Hames said the emergency department would continue to operate in its existing location until the new facility was completed in the second half of 2012.
“The first task is to demolish the existing building, E Block, which has recently been vacated of all services. A temporary outpatients’ clinic has been established nearby and all other patient services are continuing on other parts of the hospital site,” he said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Kalgoorlie Health Campus was one of the first projects undertaken by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
“The investment of Royalties for Regions funding into regional health is a further commitment by this Government in providing essential health services throughout country Western Australia,” Mr Grylls said.
He said the program continued to deliver infrastructure, economic, business and social development to regional WA to maintain strong, healthy and vibrant communities.
The redevelopment of the Kalgoorlie Health Campus is supported by a $15.8million contribution from the Royalties for Regions Fund. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2013.
Pindan Pty Ltd is undertaking the phase two construction.
Phase one of the project involved extensive site preparation work and the building of a three-bedroom palliative care unit, which Dr Hames opened on December 7, 2010.
Dr Hames and Mr Grylls acknowledged the ongoing work of Kalgoorlie MLA John Bowler and Eyre MLA Dr Graham Jacobs in ensuring the upgrade continued on time and budget.
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