Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Hon John Day BSc BDSc MLA

Former Minister for Health; Culture and the Arts

    Efficiency key to Bunbury pathology expansion

    2/11/2016 2:00 PM
     
    • $4.8 million centre to benefit South-West residents
    • Consolidated new PathWest laboratory to triple size of existing laboratories
    • Improved patient convenience
    • Project supporting up to 100 local construction jobs

    Bunbury's state-of-the-art new pathology centre is nearing completion, with the $4.8 million consolidated facility set to triple the size of the existing PathWest laboratories.

     

    Health Minister John Day today inspected work on the facility, which is helping keep the South West Health Campus at the leading edge of modern health care.

     

    "This is good news for the fast-growing South-West region and I am pleased with progress," Mr Day said.

     

    "This centre is in keeping with our aim of bringing top quality care as close to home as possible, and builds on the Liberal National Government's investment of more than $21 million in Bunbury health services.

     

    "Its key benefits will be convenience and efficiency.  Located close to the Bunbury Hospital's Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, it will improve public access and allow for the rapid testing of samples from critical patients."

     

    The new 600 square metre centre will achieve efficiencies by consolidating under one roof multiple PathWest laboratory services that are now at various locations.

     

    "The project is also having a positive impact on the local economy.  Construction is supporting up to 100 jobs, including sub-contractors," the Minister said.

     

    "When completed, there will be 18 people working in the new facility, comprising nine medical scientists and nine technical assistants.

     

    "Both the State and Australian governments are funding the new PathWest laboratories, which are on track for completion in the first quarter of next year."

     

    Mr Day also toured Bunbury Hospital and met with medical and nursing staff.

     

    Fact File

    • The Bunbury project is part of $6.9 million joint Australian and State government funding which is also providing for upgrades to pathology facilities in Collie and Narrogin

     Minister's office - 6552 6200