Carnarvon residents are set to benefit from the completion of an upgrade to the Carnarvon Health Campus emergency department.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the ED had been refurbished to meet cyclone standards and to bring the best possible emergency health care to residents of Carnarvon and surrounding communities.
"The refurbishment gives Carnarvon residents the peace-of-mind of better emergency care closer to home, with the ED facilities in Carnarvon now equal to the best in country Western Australia," Dr Hames said.
"Emergency telehealth facilities will also be available to give 24/7 access to the WA Country Health Service team of emergency medicine specialists, if required."
Dr Hames said the ED would open to patients this morning (November 5) after a staged transition starting yesterday (November 4).
The newly refurbished ED is part of the Carnarvon Health Campus redevelopment, which will bring key health services under the same roof to create a modern, purpose-built health care hub.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the new ED would be a significant boost to the capability of the Carnarvon Health Campus and would deliver greatly improved health services to Gascoyne residents.
"The new ED will create operational efficiencies, enable the provision of timely care for patients and improve workforce implications for staff," Mr Redman said.
"Royalties for Regions is investing in critical health care services and infrastructure to ensure the sustainable development of regional Western Australia."
In addition to two state-of-the-art resuscitation bays and four treatment bays, the improved ED includes Carnarvon's first-ever purpose-built mental health assessment room.
There are also three consulting rooms for visiting specialists and a new triage booth which has been designed to improve the flow of patients and to ensure all patients are seen, assessed and treated as soon as possible.
The redevelopment of Carnarvon Health Campus is part of the State Government's Royalties for Regions $150 million Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan. It is expected to be completed by the end of November 2015.
- In addition to the improved ED, the Carnarvon Health Campus will include purpose-built outpatient facilities, a new two-chair dental clinic, more programs such as community mental health and child health services in one location, new telehealth services and new treatment areas
- The State Government is investing $34.9m in the redevelopment of Exmouth Health Service and Carnarvon Health Campus, with $28.9m from the Royalties for Regions Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan and $6m from the WA Country Health Service
- Royalties for Regions has also invested $4.7m to the Carnarvon Dual Purpose Alcohol and Drug Centre, including a 10-bed sobering up service, located at the Carnarvon Health Campus. The Mental Health Commission contributed $500,000 to this project as part of the North West Drug and Alcohol Support Program
- For more information on Royalties for Regions projects, visit Bigger Picture - Regions
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700