David Templeman

David Templeman

Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Peel

Jim McGinty

Jim McGinty

Attorney General; Minister for Health; Electoral Affairs

    $3million ED upgrade for Peel Health Campus complete

    26/03/2008 12:00 AM

    Peel Health Campus’ newly enlarged emergency department means the hospital now has double the number of emergency treatment beds and a range of new facilities to ensure patients in the region receive the best possible emergency healthcare.


    Health Minister Jim McGinty said the work was part of a $40million State Government commitment to rebuild Perth’s emergency departments.


    “Peel ED will go from having 12 to 24 beds, including four beds in the short stay unit and a new four-bed paediatric assessment area,” Mr McGinty said.


    “The Peel region is one of the fastest-growing regions in Australia and this new facility will ensure the Peel Health Campus is able to cope with the increasing demand for many years to come.


    “In 2007, more than 32,000 people attended the Peel Health Campus ED, compared with almost 24,000 in 2001 - an increase of about 8,000 patients.


    “The demand on the ED shows no signs of slowing down.”


    The upgrade also provided new equipment including:

    ·         a state-of-the-art trauma trolley so patients can have x-rays without being moved from the bed;

    ·         a neonatal resuscitation machine, bladder scanner and cardiac monitor; and

    ·         a central monitoring unit which will give nurses and doctors the most efficient means to monitor and access patients.


    Peel Minister David Templeman said the upgrade would provide top-level care for people living in the area.


    “This modern facility will attract high-quality medical and nursing staff, where local people can get the best health care,” Mr Templeman said.


    “Peel residents will also benefit from the State Government’s contribution of $300,000 towards the development of a new paediatric unit at Peel Health Campus and $5.4million to develop the new Murray Health Centre, which will offer community health and GP services.


    “The Carpenter Government is ensuring that those of us who live outside the Perth area have access to great services and better opportunities.”


    Peel Health Campus chief executive Steve Wisnewski-Smith said the redevelopment would allow the hospital’s clinical staff to deliver their high standard of care in an improved environment.


    “I would like to commend everyone, particularly the Peel community and clinical staff, for their patience and understanding over the past six months while the revamped ED was being built,” Mr Wisnewski-Smith said.


    “This is an exciting time for Peel Health Campus and we would like to thank the State Government for its support of the people of the Peel region and the hospital by funding this much-needed expansion.”


    The upgrade was part of the State Government’s $5billion investment in health infrastructure across the State, including $40million to rebuild metropolitan EDs.


    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;


    ·         Armadale-Kelmscott Memorial Hospital:   Work is under way on a $10.4million redevelopment of the ED, which will see the facility grow from 23 treatment bays to 47. Construction is expected to be completed in late 2008;


    ·         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 ED at Fremantle Hospital.


    “It is the biggest investment in health care in Western Australia’s history and is part of our commitment to provide all Western Australians with health care closer to where they live,” Mr McGinty said.


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