- New emergency department has triple the capacity of previous facility
- Upgrade includes two state-of-the-art resuscitation bays
- Health campus redevelopment due for completion early 2017
Residents now have access to a new and expanded emergency department at Esperance Health Campus.
Visiting the site today, Health Minister Kim Hames and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said it was a significant milestone in the $31.3 million redevelopment of the campus.
The project is made possible by an $18.8 million investment from the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and $12.5 million from the Department of Health.
"This new emergency department has three times the capacity, increasing from four to 12 treatment areas. It includes five monitored treatment bays and was built alongside the previous department to ensure minimum disruption to patients," Dr Hames said.
"There are also two state-of-the-art resuscitation bays for patients needing the highest level of care, with videoconferencing and Telehealth links providing round-the-clock access to emergency medical specialists in Kalgoorlie and Perth hospitals.
"This improvement of services coupled with new and innovative technology, is bringing quality emergency care closer to where people live."
Dr Hames said with an acute mental health assessment room, procedure room, new entrance with covered patient set down area, larger waiting room and greater privacy at the triage counter, key services had been updated and brought together under one roof.
Mr Redman said the new emergency department was part of the Esperance Health Campus redevelopment which was also improving maternity facilities and surgical capacity.
"The redevelopment means visitors and people from Esperance and surrounds have access to services and amenities that are among the best in country WA," he said.
"By improving the way emergency services are provided in the regions, greater efficiencies in diagnosis and care are possible and that leads to good outcomes for patients and clinical staff.
"Access to quality health care is a key consideration for regional communities and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions making this possible."
Health Minister's office - 6552 5300
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700