Work is under way on the new $5.4million Murray Health Centre, which will provide an extensive range of health support services to people in Pinjarra and the wider Murray District.
Health Minister Jim McGinty said the upgrade to the Murray District Hospital site was the result of extensive community consultation to understand the needs of the local community.
“The purpose-designed Murray Health Centre will ensure that people in Pinjarra and the Murray District have access to high-quality community health and GP services that will meet the needs of this growing region,” Mr McGinty said.
“The upgrade is part of the State Government’s commitment to improve health services in the Peel region, which includes the $100 million redevelopment of the Rockingham-Kwinana District Hospital, $3million for the expansion of the ED for Peel Health Campus and $300,000 towards a new paediatric unit for the campus.
“The areas surrounding Rockingham and Peel are among the fastest-growing suburbs in Australia.
“The upgrade will create a modern health facility that will attract more doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to the area.”
The health centre will be located within two wings of the existing hospital, which will be fully refurbished. Services provided at the centre include:
· Aboriginal health;
· early intervention and child health;
· mental health;
· general practice services;
· occupational therapy; and
The hospital’s 20-bed inpatient wing will continue to treat sub-acute and palliative care patients.
Peel Minister David Templeman said the redevelopment would ensure the local community had access to the best possible health care.
“I am pleased that the new health centre has been designed to provide a wide range of health services to people in the Peel region,” Mr Templeman said.
Murray Shire President Noel Nancarrow said the health centre would provide a new level of health service to the region.
“There has been a lot of work by the shire and consultation committee to ensure that the health needs of the region will be met now and into the future,” Mr Nancarrow said.
The hospital will remain open during construction and works have been planned to have as little impact on patients and visitors as possible.
The new Murray District Health Centre is expected to be completed in November 2008.
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