Liberal National Government funds $1.9m in infrastructure works
Upgrades to help futureproof 43-bed facility
Work to start in first half of 2017
Kalamunda District Community Hospital will undergo an essential infrastructure upgrade, with a $1.9 million improvement program to start in the first half of 2017.
Revealing the plan today, Health Minister John Day today said it underlined the Liberal National Government's commitment to the community facility.
"This is a well-deserved early Christmas present for a hospital that has been a fundamental part of Kalamunda and the Perth Hills for more than 40 years," Mr Day said.
"The Liberal National Government is determined to see it continue its tradition of community care. These works will help futureproof the 43-bed hospital, with long-term benefits for patients and staff."
Key upgrades will include:
- New air-conditioning for almost half of the building
- Upgrades to the main reception area to improve accessibility
- Replacement of the roof, gutters and flashings
- Installation of new passive fire barriers to comply with the Building Code of Australia
- Upgrading of the essential power switchboards.
The Minister was joined at today's announcement by long-serving local nurse Jill Pratley, who works in the hospital's important palliative care program and welcomed the upgrade plan.
Mr Day congratulated her on achieving the milestone of 35 years of continuous care at Kalamunda.
"Jill's service embodies our commitment to deliver quality care to patients as close to home as possible," he said.
"Her record highlights not only the importance of this hospital and the bonds forged with the Hills community, but also the sort of staff dedication that makes our State's health care system so strong."
The Minister said scoping work was underway to examine an increase in palliative care beds at the hospital.
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