Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Open day for $170m Albany Health Campus

    17/04/2013 12:00 AM
     
    • Transition from the old Albany Hospital to begin this month
    • Albany Health Campus community open day Friday May 3, 2013

    The new $170million Albany Health Campus will be officially opened on Friday May 3, with a community open day to follow official proceedings.

     

    Health Minister Kim Hames said the open day will showcase the new hospital - the biggest public country hospital development undertaken in Western Australia.

     

    “The open day will give the community an opportunity to see the fantastic new campus which will deliver high quality health care to about 55,000 people in the Great Southern region each year,” Dr Hames said.

     

    “It is the first chance for the community to look at this new facility, which includes state-of-the-art equipment, a bigger emergency department, more mental health beds, expanded renal dialysis capability, expanded cancer services, a new surgical centre and upgraded obstetric and birthing suites.”

     

    Premier Colin Barnett will officially open the new Campus, along with Dr Hames and South West MLC Colin Holt, who will represent Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls.

     

    Dr Hames said the transition to the new campus would take place in several stages.

     

    “Moving a hospital is a massive task and services will open progressively over the next few weeks,” he said.

     

    “We’re holding the official opening and open day before patients are admitted, so people will get to have an up-close inspection of their new health facility.

     

    “The public will be kept fully informed well ahead of time, on the timing of services opening in the new campus, and we expect the move to be completed by mid-May.”

     

    The open day will be held from 1pm to 4.30pm on Friday, 3 May.

     

              Fact File

    • Construction started on the Albany Health Campus in early 2011
    • New campus is funded by $161.6million from the WA Government (including $60.9million from Royalties for Regions) and $8.764million from the Federal Government
    • Some buildings from the old Albany Hospital will be refurbished to accommodate staff from other sites

    Minister’s office - 6552 5300