- Tender to be called for stages two and three
- Detailed planning and design work completed
- Construction will commence by January 2012
Tenders for the two final stages of the $14.9million redevelopment of Bunbury Hospital Critical Care will be called next week.
Health Minister Kim Hames today said the tenders would be called for the second and third stages of the project which involved the expansion and redevelopment of the Emergency Department.
“Stage one, in which a High Dependency Unit (HDU) and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) facilities were established, was completed in March this year,” Dr Hames said.
The Minister said Stage two, which was the expansion of the Emergency Department from 15 to 27 treatment bays, would be completed in early 2013. Stage three, the ‘Fast Track’ area and Short Stay Units, would be completed in late 2013.
“The redeveloped Emergency Department will include a ‘Fast Track’ area and a Short Stay Unit. This will provide a dedicated observation area for emergency, short stay or overnight patients and reduce pressure on beds in other areas of the hospital,” he said.
During construction Bunbury Hospital will remain fully operational.
The expansion was being funded with $14.1million from the Federal Government’s $70million WA allocation from the Taking Pressure off Public Hospitals program.
“Bunbury Hospital’s Emergency Department was identified as a priority for this funding so that it has the capacity to meet current and projected demand for emergency care,” Dr Hames said.
- The number of Emergency Department treatment spaces will be expanded from 15 to 27 and a 10 bed Short Stay Unit will be created
- Bunbury Hospital will be better placed to be the regional referral and resource centre for emergency care
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