Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    First birthday for Albany Health Campus

    2/05/2014 12:00 AM
    • One year since the opening of $170million Albany Health Campus
    • Providing Great Southern people with expanded range of health services
    • 600 babies born at the campus in its first year

    The $170million Albany Health Campus celebrates its first birthday tomorrow, after a successful first year which saw tens of thousands of people benefit from improved health care services closer to home.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the campus provided Great Southern people with an expanded range of services and access to some of the most modern health equipment in the State.


    “Since the campus officially opened on May 3 last year, 24,127 people have presented to the expanded emergency department, there have been 14,769 inpatient admissions, 600 babies born and 58,125 outpatients,” Dr Hames said.


    “People in the Great Southern have benefitted from the ‘one-stop-shop’ nature of the campus, which is a modern and innovative facility that brings together inpatient and specialist hospital-based services with a range of outpatient services.


    “Installation of an MRI machine is under way and it is expected that it will be operating in the second half of this year. Patients will be able to claim a Medicare rebate to cover part of the cost of scans after the Medicare licence comes into effect in January 2015.”


    The Minister said Albany Health Campus was one of the first major projects to be completed as part of the State Government’s $7billion investment in health infrastructure around the State.


    “Albany Health Campus is a great example of the State Government’s commitment to improving and transforming health facilities throughout WA, including for the thousands of people in the regional and remote areas of our State,” he said.


    “I commend all staff involved in the smooth transition to the new facility and look forward to their continued involvement as the Albany Health Campus provides the people of the Great Southern with high-quality health care for many decades to come.”


             Fact File

    • The $170million Albany Health Campus was funded by $161.6million from the WA Government (including $60.9million from Royalties for Regions) and $8.764million from the Federal Government
    • Albany Health Campus is part of the bigger picture in health. For more information visit http://getthebiggerpicture.health.wa.gov.au   

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