- New facilities open today at $55.8million Kalgoorlie Health Campus
- Upgraded ED, High Dependency Unit and Medical Imaging Department
- 56,000 Goldfields residents to benefit from improved facilities
The most extensive phase of the $55.8million Kalgoorlie Health Campus redevelopment, involving upgrades to the Emergency Department, High Dependency Unit and Medical Imaging Department, was officially opened today.
Premier Colin Barnett said the redevelopment exemplified the State Government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure to improve the delivery of care for people living in regional Western Australia.
“The Kalgoorlie Health Campus redevelopment is part of $1.5billion capital works program which has major projects under way across all the regions,” Mr Barnett said.
The Premier said the upgrade was the first major commitment from the new Liberal-National Government in 2008.
“This project has been delivered on time and on budget, throughout which the hospital remained in operation, which is a significant achievement by those working on the redevelopment, and staff continuing to care for patients,” he said.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the new facility would be of great benefit to the more than 56,000 people living in the Goldfields region, including a high number of fly-in-fly-out workers.
“The new block houses a new emergency department, with increased treatment capacity from 11 to 16 bays; a separate waiting area for parents with young children; facilities for a fast-track service to be operated in busy times; a six-bed high dependency unit; and a four-bed observation ward,” Dr Hames said.
“The new Medical Imaging Department is also located in this block and is adjacent to the ED, ensuring most of the hospital’s acute services are located in close proximity.”
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the redevelopment of Kalgoorlie Health Campus included $15.8million of Royalties for Regions funding.
“This is a great example of the positive role Royalties for Regions plays improving infrastructure to ensure vital health services are delivered in modern, well-equipped buildings,” Mr Grylls said.
The final phase of stage one, which involves refurbishment of the outpatients clinic, allied health department and development of a new cancer centre, will go to tender early next year and the redevelopment is scheduled for completion in 2014.
- Increased Emergency Department capacity from 11 to 16 bays
- $55.8million redevelopment includes $15.8million from Royalties for Regions
- Kalgoorlie Health Campus redevelopment due to be completed in 2014
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