Merredin Hospital will undergo a $26.4million upgrade as part of a $325.8million boost to health infrastructure across southern Western Australia, funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program.
Health Minister Kim Hames and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman will visit Merredin, Northam, Narrogin, Katanning, Collie and Manjimup to announce funding for individual projects carried out under the Government’s $565million Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI).
“The upgraded Merredin Hospital will receive a significant refurbishment of the emergency department and will bring together allied health and outpatient health services in one location,” Dr Hames said.
“It will enhance the delivery of health services such as emergency care, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy, counselling, community health nursing, community mental health and aged-care support.”
Mr Redman said SIHI was the biggest health investment in regional WA and the integration of healthcare services in Merredin would strengthen the community’s sustainability.
“Royalties for Regions aims to enhance the delivery of high-quality services which meet the needs of local communities for the long term. Merredin and surrounding communities will now be able to receive a modern and more contemporary health service closer to home.”
While the tender process will determine the specific timeline for the project, it is expected the upgrade of Merredin Hospital will start in the second half of 2015, and will take about two years to complete.
SIHI will deliver infrastructure improvements to 36 towns in the southern inland region of WA.
The $325.8million investment will involve upgrades to six district hospitals totalling $173.7million, as well as an additional $108.8million for upgrades and refurbishment of small hospitals and nursing posts. A further $43.3million has been allocated towards fit-for-purpose healthcare facilities that focus on the promotion of good health, prevention and early detection of illness, with the first two sites in Pingelly and Cunderdin under way.
Health Minister’s office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700