- $26.8 million Carnarvon Health Campus redevelopment officially opened
- Contract awarded for $2.8 million five-bed renal hostel
- Construction of $16.58 million 38-bed residential aged care facility on track
- Building projects to support up to 170 jobs
Residents of Carnarvon and surrounding areas have access to a modern, purpose-built health care hub following the transformation of the Carnarvon Health Campus.
Officially opening the $26.8 million facility yesterday, Health Minister John Day said key local health services were now centrally located to maximise efficiency and convenience for the community.
"The Emergency Department has been expanded and designed to meet cyclone standards and is now equal to the best in Western Australia, with an upgraded connection through the Emergency Telehealth Service to Perth-based and regional specialists," Mr Day said.
"New community mental health and child health services have been incorporated on the site, along with a dental clinic and physiotherapy gymnasium.
"A new four-chair renal unit has also been established, with dedicated treatment areas opening in 2017 to help ensure patients receive the best possible care closer to home."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the majority of funding for the new hospital facilities had come from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan.
"Projects like these help people in rural and remote WA access vital services that those living in Perth and larger centres take for granted," Mr Redman said.
"Complementing the improved hospital facilities will be the new $16.58 million, 38-bed Carnarvon residential aged care facility, to be located within the health campus."
Construction is also expected to start shortly on a $2.805 million, five-bed renal hostel as part of a $45.77 million boost to dialysis services across rural and remote WA.
Mr Day announced today that Pindan Construction Pty Ltd had been awarded the renal hostel contract.
"Construction of the renal hostel and the aged care centre is expected to support up to 170 jobs, with the hostel getting underway this year, followed by the aged care centre in 2017," he said.
- The new Carnarvon Health Service outpatient centre includes child health and immunisation facilities, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and podiatry services, plus a dietician and disease control and health promotion services
- The $150 million Royalties for Regions Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan began in 2010, supporting local communities to achieve sustainable growth
- The Carnarvon renal centre is one of 14 planned for WA under the Australian Government-funded Bringing Renal Dialysis and Support Services Closer to Home project
- Royalties for Regions is investing $150.1 million through the North West Health Initiative, with the Mid West Development Commission providing $12 million, Chevron $22 million and BHP Billiton $10 million
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