$6.8 million project to guarantee large rescue helicopter access
Underlines commitment to hospital's world-class State Adult Major Trauma Unit
Builds on Liberal National Government's $50 million capital investment in RPH
Royal Perth Hospital's role as a tertiary health care centre and home to Western Australia's Adult Major Trauma Unit and the State Spinal Service has been further secured, with the go-ahead for a new $6.8 million helipad.
Announcing the project today, Health Minister John Day said the investment highlighted the Liberal National Government's commitment to RPH.
"This is an investment in the future of Royal Perth Hospital as a key health care centre of excellence," Mr Day said.
"It is especially important for the major trauma unit, guaranteeing large rescue helicopters will be able to deliver patients to the centre, which has been recognised as a Level 1 facility by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons."
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the new helipad would ensure a seamless rescue helicopter operation at the hospital.
"RPH currently receives between 160-300 direct landings per year, from as far afield as Albany and Dongara," Mr Francis said.
"The development of the new helipad coincides with the recent Civil Aviation Safety Authority standards upgrade for helipads, set to take effect by December 2018."
Mr Day said the latest project took the Liberal National Government's capital works investment in Royal Perth Hospital to more than $56 million since 2008.
Aside from the $19.5 million infrastructure enhancement and operations maintenance allocation in May 2015, significant RPH capital works since 2008 include:
- $5.98 million ED expansion including additional 12 bays, to 53
- $4.63 million Plastics Clinic relocation
- $4.26 million Ambulatory Surgery Centre.
"It is important that RPH continues to excel and thrive as the major tertiary health facility for the new East Metropolitan Health Service," Mr Day said.
"The Government is focused on delivering quality, efficient care as close to the community as possible, and that includes for our growing inner city population. The hospital also supports high-quality research and education facilities."
Work on the new helipad will start in 2017, for completion in 2018. The existing helipad will continue operating while the new facility is built.
Annually, RPH cares for about 59,000 inpatients and 74,000 emergency department presentations
RPH conducts about 8,000 elective surgeries and delivers 283,000 outpatient appointments
The hospital employs more than 3,500 staff and has a capacity of 450 beds, including the 30-bed major trauma unit, the third biggest in the nation
The current helipad was commissioned in 1999, with capacity for helicopters weighing up to 5,400kg
The new helipad will have a 10,000kg capacity
Recent key infrastructure investments in RPH include major upgrades to lifts, emergency generators and cooling towers
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