Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    $40million in metro ED upgrades: construction starts at Armadale Hospital

    17/01/2008 11:00 AM

    Work has started on a $10.4million project to enlarge and upgrade the emergency department at Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital.

    The project is part of a $40million expansion of Perth’s existing EDs.

    Health Minister Jim McGinty said the Armadale upgrade would enable the hospital to continue to care for the growing number of people attending its ED.

    “The Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital ED is treating more patients than ever before, with 43,437 people attending the department in 2007, which is an increase of 3.6 per cent on the previous year,” Mr McGinty said.

    “With almost double the amount of treatment bays, the new facility will enable the ED to treat up to 60,000 patients per year.

    “The redeveloped department will have state-of-the-art facilities, including resuscitation bays, trauma bays, and dedicated paediatric areas. It will also include short stay bays, fast track bays and secure assessment areas.”

    Armadale Bentley Group of Hospitals acting executive director Chris Bone said a temporary ED had been created to allow normal services to continue while construction got under way.

    “ED staff are doing a fantastic job in the temporary department and are looking forward to moving back into the expanded and upgraded ED following its anticipated completion at the end of the year,” Mr Bone said.

    Armadale MLA Alannah MacTiernan welcomed the beginning of construction and said the upgraded ED facilities would continue the State Government’s commitment to develop Armadale as a strategic centre.

    “The Armadale ED is a critical part of our health service and it’s fantastic to know more local residents will stay in their own community for treatment,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    Other metropolitan EDs undergoing upgrades include:
    • Royal Perth Hospital; Work is under way on the $5million expansion which will add 12 new treatment bays, taking the total number of ED bays from 41 to 53 and improving the way the whole ED operates. Work will be completed in stages over the next 14 months;
    • Peel Health Campus; Work is under way on a $3.2million expansion of the ED, which will see the number of treatment bays double from 12 to 24, with another four bays in a short stay unit. The project is expected to be completed by March;
    • Joondalup Health Campus; Approximately $16.5million will be spent on expanding the existing ED as part of the $276million upgrade of the entire hospital ($131million from State Government). The ED will go from 25 treatment bays to 56. Work is due to begin in the third quarter of 2008, with the first stage to be completed in early 2010 and the second stage by mid-2010; and
    • Rockingham/Kwinana District Hospital; The hospital is now undergoing a $100million total redevelopment, part of which is the $3million expansion of the emergency short stay unit, which will deliver nine extra treatment bays and a new paediatric short stay unit with eight beds. The redevelopment is due for completion by early 2009. The ED underwent a $6.5million upgrade three years ago.
    There are also plans to upgrade the EDs at Fremantle Hospital and Swan District Hospital.

    The ED upgrades are part of a $5billion capital works program for hospitals across the State.

    In addition to expanding ED capacity, the State Government is continuing to develop community-based health care initiatives to reduce people’s reliance on hospital EDs.

    These include the Healthdirect advice hotline, COACH (a phone coaching program that assists people who have had cardio problems), the Mental Health Emergency Response Line and Community Emergency Response Teams, the Healthy@Home Chronic Disease Teams, community physiotherapy services and the Hospital in Home Program.

    Other initiatives include the State Government-funded after hours GP Clinics at Royal Perth, Fremantle, Swan District, Rockingham/Kwinana and Joondalup hospitals. Non-State Government-funded after hours GP Clinics are located at several other hospitals including Bentley and Armadale.

    The clinics provide people with after-hours access to a GP, which means they do not have to wait in an ED for non-emergency care. Last financial year, 47,332 people visited the GP clinics, an increase of 46.4 per cent on the previous year.

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