Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Big expansion at Joondalup Health Campus

    8/03/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • 12 new operating theatres - twice as many as before
    • Double the number of intensive care and high dependency beds
    • Last major redevelopment milestone set for completion early 2013
    Health Minister Kim Hames today officially opened the new theatre block at Joondalup Health Campus - a major milestone in the $394million expansion of the hospital. 

    The block includes 12 operating theatres - twice as many as before - a nine-bed intensive care unit, a six-bed high dependency unit and a 10-bed coronary care unit. Seven of the 12 theatres will become operational on Monday with the remainder opening in September when additional recovery bays become available. 

    “The new operating theatres are among the most advanced in Australia,” Dr Hames said.

    “They include four state-of-the-art iSuites with video and touch screen technology to enable surgeons to view and capture images from inside the patient’s body while they operate.”

    The redevelopment of Joondalup Health Campus is a key part of the State Government’s strategy to grow hospital facilities and reduce pressure on tertiary hospitals by expanding local general hospitals.

    “The last major milestone of the expansion of Joondalup Health Campus is on course for completion in early 2013,” the Minister said. “At that point, additional inpatient beds will become available for public patients.

    “These additional beds will allow us to grow activity at the hospital so that most patients from Joondalup and surrounds can receive care close to home rather than at a city hospital.”

    The State Government contributed $230million to the upgrade. Ramsay Health, which operates Joondalup Health Campus, contributed $163million and the Federal Government contributed $1.4million for fit-out and equipment for one theatre under the National Partnership Agreement on Improving Public Hospital Services.

    “The public-private partnership at Joondalup Health Campus dates back 15 years and continues to go from strength to strength. This project is a terrific example of how the public and private sector can work together to deliver services and value for money for the public,” Dr Hames said.
     
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