Karratha will have a new state-of-the-art $207.15million health campus making it the largest expenditure on a single health infrastructure project in country Western Australia to date.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the State Government had approved the additional $57.15million funding to construct the new health campus in the city centre as part of its Pilbara Cities of the North vision.
The new health campus will replace the ageing Nickol Bay Hospital, and the Warambie community and population health centre.
“Locating the health campus in the town centre will contribute to the revitalisation of the town and support the growth of Karratha as a vibrant regional hub,” Dr Hames said.
“As part of the 2010-11 Budget, the State Government made a $150million Royalties for Regions commitment to redevelop the existing Nickol Bay Hospital. A further $650,000 was allocated from Pilbara industries to include a helipad.
“The additional funds will allow the development of a ‘one stop shop’ for health care, bringing together in the one place services such as acute care, population health and community mental health and drug services on to a new site that will have capacity to support potential partnerships with other private and non-government health providers; human service agencies and retail providers.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said growth in the Pilbara triggered a review of services planning and the new health campus would be developed as an integrated district health service and support the smaller health services such as Roebourne, Wickham, Tom Price, Onslow and Paraburdoo.
“The intended design of the Karratha Health Campus will facilitate the delivery of seamless health care for the West Pilbara community through better integration and co-location of services and improved information technology,” Mr Grylls said.
Planning will continue for the new health campus and the additional $57.15million will enable the WA Country Health Service to continue to develop contemporary models of care for inclusion in the planning process such as state-of-the-art emergency capability with a significant focus on ambulatory care and significant ICT upgrades.
Enables the development of a state-of-the-art Emergency Department focusing on disaster management capability
New surgical service centre
Provides a significant focus on ambulatory care & co-location of services such as outpatients, telemedicine, allied health services, population health services & community mental health & drug and alcohol services
Planned provision of short-term accommodation for patients to assist clients accessing health services of the Karratha Health Campus
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