- Upgraded Wagin Hospital part of $500m Southern Inland Health Initiative
- Made possible by Royalties for Regions
The completed refurbishment of Wagin Hospital marks an important milestone for the Southern Inland Health Initiative, a $500 million State Government project investing in country health across much of Western Australia's southern inland region.
The extensive capital works program is part of the biggest investment in country health in the State's history, made possible by the State Government's Royalties for Regions program and delivered by the WA Country Health Service.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the Small Hospital and Nursing Post Refurbishment Program was about improving primary health care services and ambulatory care, catering for projected future demand and reducing the need for patient transfers to Perth.
"The refurbishment of Wagin Hospital provides enhanced health facilities to the local community including a remodelled emergency department with a new waiting area, new multipurpose clinical consultation rooms for visiting doctors, specialists and nurses and an upgraded palliative care facility," Dr Hames said.
About $20 million in Royalties for Regions funding has been allocated to upgrade five hospitals at Wagin and Lake Grace in the Wheatbelt and at Kojonup, Tambellup and Gnowangerup in the Great Southern, under the first phase of the Southern Inland Health Initiative's Small Hospital and Nursing Post Refurbishment Program.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Royalties for Regions investment in the Southern Inland Health Initiative was narrowing the gap between regional and metropolitan health services.
"The new Wagin Health Service will enable a sustainable health care model for the local community and contribute towards creating self-sufficiency in the region," Mr Redman said.
"Co-locating health services is a key driver to improving access to modern health care and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions transforming our regional health system."
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