Forward works for Katanning hospital redevelopment completed
Main construction works due to start in August 2016
Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
The first stage of construction of the new $32.4 million Royalties for Regions-funded Katanning Health Service is now complete.
The forward works included the relocation of site services, demolition of the current laundry and morgue buildings and bulk earthworks for the new build.
Health Minister John Day said the tender for the main construction had been released, with the contract due to be awarded by the end of July.
"Building will start in late August and will be completed within two years. The existing hospital will remain operational during the redevelopment," Mr Day said.
"Upgrades will include a new emergency department and medical imaging department, a new outpatient care facility, refurbished surgical services and associated sterilising department, a new laundry, and a new morgue."
The new build is part of the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions $300 million investment in the Southern Inland Health Initiative's capital infrastructure program that prioritises construction and upgrades of 37 hospitals and health services in the Wheatbelt, South-West, Great Southern and Mid-West.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said that Royalties for Regions investment would provide significant improvement to primary health care services through the redevelopment of district hospitals in the southern inland catchment area.
"Improvements to infrastructure and service delivery, such as the construction of the new Katanning Health Service, will enable a greater number of patients to be treated regionally, reducing the need for travel away from family to other larger facilities in the regions or to metropolitan sites," Mr Redman said.
"Royalties for Regions investment in health infrastructure is fundamental to the ongoing growth of regional Western Australia."
The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by the Royalties for Regions program and delivered by the WA Country Health Service, is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care in WA history
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