- Major facility upgrades and four new day-surgery beds
- $18.8million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions fund and $12.5million from WA Country Health Service
The Esperance Health Campus will be redeveloped thanks to a $31.3million boost for stage one of the works, Health Minister Kim Hames said today.
Dr Hames said funding for the work included $18.8million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions fund, jointly-funded by WA Country Health Service which contributed $12.5million over the forward estimates period.
“Stage one will include expanding the emergency department from four to 14 bays, and a new four-bed day-surgery area,” Dr Hames said
“The redevelopment will deliver best practice models of care to the Esperance community and the surrounding district.
“This upgrade will result in bigger and better operating theatres, and two new modern maternity suites, relocated closer to the operating theatres.
“Services and infrastructure upgrades will also be undertaken.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the enhanced quality and capacity of local health services and infrastructure would have a significant and positive impact on the local community.
“With care being provided closer to home, the cost to both individuals and the health system when transferring patients will be considerably reduced,” Mr Grylls said.
Mr Grylls said the funding came on top of the existing commitment by the State Government through Royalties for Regions-funded programs such as the $565million (over five years) Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI) and the $85million SuperTowns program which nominated Esperance as one of the nine towns.
A selection process for a design team will now commence and it is expected construction will begin late 2013.
- The Royalties for Regions’ Southern Inland Health Initiative - will include $240m to increase the health workforce and health services over four years; and a $325m capital works program over five years
- More information can be found at http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au
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