The Carnarvon community can look forward to better maternity and palliative care following the completion of a $2.9million upgrade of Carnarvon Hospital.
Health Minister Jim McGinty said the redevelopment provided modern facilities that would result in better patient care for around 9,000 people living in the Carnarvon, Exmouth, Shark Bay and Upper Gascoyne areas.
“The maternity unit includes a new birthing suite and four single maternity rooms, each with their own ensuite,” Mr McGinty said.
“The location of the new unit means that women who are experiencing difficulties during their labour have faster access to emergency intervention, as well as other health services.
“A lounge and outdoor area has been built nearby for maternity patients and their families when they come to visit.
“Up until now, the maternity area has been in a separate part of the hospital that was about 50 years old. The new layout is consistent with modern hospital design and improves work flow for staff.”
The Minister said palliative care services had also received a boost as part of the upgrade.
“The new, modern palliative care area includes a room with its own ensuite, a private outdoor area and room for family members to stay overnight,” he said.
A further $6.3million has been allocated for the second stage of the Carnarvon Hospital redevelopment.
“Stage two works are scheduled to begin in 2011-12 and will include remodelling of the emergency department, co-location of population health and mental health services and new on-site car parking,” Mr McGinty said.
North West Coastal MLA Fred Riebeling said the redevelopment was evidence of the State Government’s commitment to Carnarvon Hospital.
“These major improvements to Carnarvon Hospital will ensure that people in the region get the best possible healthcare in their own community,” Mr Riebeling said.
Mr McGinty said the Carnarvon Hospital upgrades were part of a $5billion State Government investment in health infrastructure across Western Australia, including more than $600million to be spent on country health service capital works.
“It is the biggest investment in health care in WA’s history and is part of our commitment to provide all Western Australians with health care closer to where they live,” he said.
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