- Major $34.9m redevelopment of Carnarvon Health Campus and Exmouth Multipurpose Service
- Funding comprises $29.12m from Royalties for Regions and nearly $6m from WA Country Health Service
- New upgrades to improve facilities and increase services
Health Minister Kim Hames and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls have announced a major $34.9million redevelopment of health services in the Gascoyne region.
The Carnarvon Health Campus (CHC) and the Exmouth Multipurpose Service (EMPS) will share $29.12million funding from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program with the Carnarvon Health Campus receiving almost $6million from the Western Australia Country Health Service.
Dr Hames said both sites would receive new ambulatory health care facilities; new or expanded dental facilities; improved public access; upgraded IT infrastructure for eHealth; and new telehealth services.
“The CHC will also get more parking; a refurbished emergency department to include a four-chair renal service; and expanded pharmacy storage and ancillary areas,” he said.
Dr Hames said the Gascoyne had changed significantly since the hospitals were first built.
“These redevelopments will enable more Gascoyne people to receive timely and effective care closer to home at one integrated health campus, and greatly reduce the number of people who need to travel to Geraldton for care,” he said.
“They will also lead to improved self-sufficiency in the delivery of acute and ambulatory care services, as well as aid in the attraction and retention of skilled clinical staff to the region.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the redevelopments would provide high quality, contemporary health facilities better able to respond to the increasing and changing health service demands in the Gascoyne region.
“This region has a growing, ageing population, developing tourism industry, emerging local oil and gas industries and a responsibility to better meet the health needs of the Aboriginal community,” Mr Grylls said.
The project had been informed by an extensive consultation process that would continue as it moved to the next stages of facility planning and design. The EMPS is due to be completed by November 2014 while the CHC is due to be completed by February 2015.
- Under the redevelopments, CHC will receive a new ambulatory health care facility to accommodate community mental health services and the co-location of all ambulatory and primary care services, as well as new four-chair renal service in the redeveloped ED
- The EMPS’ new Ambulatory Health Care Facility will accommodate GPs and child health
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Photo caption (L-R) Carnarvon Shire president Karl Brandenburg, Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls, Mining and Pastoral MLC Wendy Duncan and North West MLA Vince Catania.