Innovative, energy efficient new centre to replace Pingelly Hospital
Part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative, made possible by Royalties for Regions
The design of the new Pingelly Health Centre has been unveiled as part of the State Government's $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative funded by Royalties for Regions.
Health Minister John Day said the innovative new Pingelly Health Centre would provide enhanced primary and community care facilities, including 24/7 emergency care.
"The primary health centre at Pingelly will bring together healthcare providers focused on the promotion of good health, the prevention and early detection of illness and the management of chronic disease to help people stay well and out of hospitals," Mr Day said.
The facility will include an emergency department with ambulance bays and Emergency Telehealth Service videoconferencing facilities. There will also be four multi-purpose consulting rooms enabled with telehealth and group therapy rooms to deliver a range of health services including physiotherapy, occupational speech therapy, child health, mental health and community-based aged-care services.
The centre will also have general practice consultation rooms and treatment spaces allowing for co-ordinated patient care between the local GP and other health professionals.
The designs by Oldfield Knott Architects for the new Pingelly Health Centre are a result of extensive planning by WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt staff and local community members. A local project user group was established to drive community input into the design of the facility and the services to be provided.
"The result is a visionary design, including pavilion-style pitched roofs and Salmon Gum coloured face bricks. The 25kW solar panels that have been incorporated onto the roof will save around $10,000 per year in electricity costs," Mr Day said.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said investment in health infrastructure was fundamental to the ongoing growth of regional Western Australia.
"The new, purpose-built facility will support a contemporary health service and bring improvements in patient care," Mr Redman said.
"This is another example of how Royalties for Regions is enhancing the delivery of sustainable services that meet the current and future healthcare demands of our regional communities."
Construction is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2016 and be completed by early 2018.
The Southern Inland Health Initiative's $300m capital works program includes about $40m to redevelop and reform two small hospitals in Cunderdin and Pingelly to create new fit-for-purpose health centres and to refurbish two small health services in Dongara and Mullewa, transforming them into contemporary primary care centres
The Southern Inland Health Initiative is improving access to medical and emergency coverage, providing new and improved modern health facilities and new models of health care delivery Click here to view the design of the new Pingelly Health Centre
Health Minister's office - 6552 6200
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700