The completion of improvement works at Gnowangerup Hospital marks another important milestone for the Southern Inland Health Initiative (SIHI), a $500 million transformation project investing in country health across much of Western Australia's southern inland region, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the refurbishment of the Gnowangerup Hospital would provide enhanced health facilities including a new emergency treatment room, upgraded ambulance bay, a new nurse call system to enhance patient comfort and communication, and a new multipurpose consultation room.
"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," Dr Hames said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said SIHI aimed to enhance service provision and improve health outcomes for Wheatbelt and Great Southern communities.
"Residents in the Gnowangerup area now have access to a greater range of co-ordinated health services targeted to meet their local health care demands," Mr Redman said.
"The Royalties for Regions investment in health infrastructure and services is critical in supporting the development of a strong and sustainable regional Western Australia."
The SIHI capital works program is more extensive and complex than any project previously undertaken by the WA Country Health Service, with new builds and upgrades to 37 hospitals and health services in the Great Southern, Wheatbelt, South-West and Mid-West.
Katanning, Gnowangerup and Kojonup hospitals as well as the Tambellup Health Clinic are all part of the SIHI capital upgrade program in the Great Southern.
Upgrades to Wagin and Lake Grace hospitals are expected to be completed by December. To find out more, go to http://www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700