- Upgrades at Kojonup Hospital and Tambellup Nursing Post completed
- First of 26 small hospital and nursing post upgrades in Great Southern and Wheatbelt
- Part of the SIHI Small Hospital and Nursing Post Refurbishment Program
Part of the biggest investment in country health in the State's history, two significant milestones of the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI) have been reached this month with the completion of improvement works at the Tambellup Nursing Post and Kojonup Hospital.
Funded by the State Government's Royalties for Regions' half a billion dollar SIHI program, Health Minister Kim Hames said the upgrades have transformed the sites into contemporary, integrated health services designed to enhance the way health care is delivered to the people of Kojonup, Tambellup and the surrounding districts.
"The refurbishments will enable better integration of health care delivery across sites, meaning patients have more options for health care services near where they live," Dr Hames said.
"The two sites have addressed important infrastructure requirements including fit for purpose GP consulting rooms and reliable telehealth services.
"The Small Hospital and Nursing Post Refurbishment Program is all about improving primary health care services and ambulatory care, catering for projected future demand and reducing the need for patient transfers to Perth."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the refurbishments in Tambellup and Kojonup were important for narrowing the divide between regional and metropolitan health services.
"Investment in health infrastructure and services is critical in supporting the development of a strong and sustainable regional Western Australia," Mr Redman said.
"We have two important facilities now upgraded under the program and I believe the refurbishment of Gnowangerup Hospital is expected to be completed in October, so we're starting to see some real developments in critical areas."
Upgrades to nursing posts and country hospitals under the program can include expanded amenities such as an improved waiting area and entry, emergency treatment room, multipurpose consulting room, upgrades to ambulance bays, modified physiotherapy room, improved kitchen, new communications room, refurbished allied health room and new meeting rooms.
- Tambellup Nursing Post will be renamed Tambellup Health Clinic and the Kojonup Hospital will be renamed Kojonup Health Service to reflect expanded services available
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
- For more information, visit Bigger Picture - Health
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700