Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Hon Colin Barnett MEc MLA

Former Premier; Minister for Tourism; Science

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    New hospital part of Midland's revitalisation

    20/11/2015 9:00 AM
    • 307-bed adult and paediatric secondary hospital to open to patients at 7am Tuesday, November 24, 2015
    • Same-day patient transfer from Swan District Hospital to new facility
    • Contemporary facility part of heritage precinct

    Midland's first new public hospital in more than 60 years will open on Tuesday, providing Perth's north-eastern corridor and Wheatbelt residents with high level, contemporary health services.


    Opening the hospital today, Premier Colin Barnett and Health Minister Kim Hames said the project was an example of how a collaborative partnership between State and Federal governments and the private sector could deliver a major hospital on time and on budget.


    "St John of God Midland Public Hospital is an integral part of the State Government's $7.2 billion investment in health infrastructure but it's more than just bricks and mortar.  It represents a modern approach to the provision of health care facilities and services in WA," Mr Barnett said.


    "This outstanding new public hospital will be operated under contract to the Government by acclaimed health provider St John of God Health Care, and will deliver integrated and expanded services for local patients that were not previously available at Swan District Hospital.


    "For patients in Midland and surrounds, that means being able to have chemotherapy, coronary and neonatal care closer to home, without having to travel to Perth.  That's a big plus if you need ongoing cancer treatment or you have a pre-term baby requiring specialist care from 34 weeks."


    Located on Clayton Street in the historic Railway Workshops precinct, the $360.2 million project was jointly funded by the State and Federal governments and delivered under a Public Private Partnership with St John of God Health Care.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the hospital would form part of an integrated precinct further complemented by the new Curtin University Medical School due to open in 2017 which would play a role in training the doctors of tomorrow.


    "It will also have links to major tertiary hospitals including Sir Charles Gairdner, Fiona Stanley and Princess Margaret hospitals," Dr Hames said.


    "The new 307-bed Midland hospital is 50 per cent bigger than Swan District Hospital with 80 per cent single rooms, six theatres and two procedure rooms, intensive care, allied health, maternity and mental health services plus a large emergency department with dedicated paediatric area.


    "Secondary outer metropolitan hospitals such as the St John of God Midland Public Hospital means patients no longer have to travel to tertiary sites but can be assessed and treated closer to home, or transferred to a tertiary facility if needed."


    The hospital will open to patients at 7am on Tuesday, November 24, which also signals the official closure of Swan District Hospital.  All Swan District Hospital inpatients will be transferred to the new hospital on the one day.


    Fact File

    • Contemporary hospital includes nine internal courtyards, children's playground and a large civic plaza
    • New hospital to employ more than 1,500 staff
    • 29,000 inpatients expected in the first full year, along with 60,000 emergency presentations and 102,000 outpatients

    Health Minister's office - 6552 5300