Planning for the $50million redevelopment of Albany Hospital is ahead of schedule, with tenders to be called as early as August this year.
Health Minister Jim McGinty said a schedule of works had been set and design work was now under way.
“As part of stage one, the hospital will receive four additional mental health beds, bringing the total to 13, as well as a major upgrade to the maternity ward and delivery suites,” Mr McGinty said.
“Each of the three delivery suites will be refurbished and upgraded to include private ensuites.
“The nursery will be upgraded to a level two neonatal nursery, allowing more sick babies to receive treatment locally rather than being transferred to King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth.
“The existing maternity ward will be refurbished to improve patient comfort and privacy.”
The upgraded areas will become operational as they are completed. Stage one is expected to be completed by late 2009.
Mr McGinty said stage two of the redevelopment would include upgrades to the hospital building and engineering services such as plumbing, drainage and electrical work.
“Stage three will involve a major upgrade to operating theatres, day surgery and sterilisation services to include three new operating theatres, a new procedure room and a new endoscopy room,” he said.
“These improvements will allow the current day procedures area to be used to provide expanded cancer services. In addition, Albany Hospital is currently planning to expand chemotherapy services and staff within the next six months.
“As part of stage four, the five-bed High Dependency Unit (HDU) will be expanded and will include an isolation room for patients who require separation or a higher level of privacy.
“The final stage of the redevelopment will increase the capacity of the Emergency Department from six to 16 treatment bays, which will significantly improve wait times for patients. The hospital admissions area will also be remodelled.”
Mr McGinty said while timelines depended on the availability of tradespeople, the hospital redevelopment was expected to be finished by late 2011.
“Construction work on the mental health area is planned to start this year, followed by the maternity ward redevelopment and the stage two building upgrades in the first half of 2009,” he said.
“Other works, including the HDU and ED refurbishments, cannot commence until the previous works have been completed."
Other areas of the hospital, including the rehabilitation ward and the medical imaging department will also form part of the redevelopment.
“Residents of the Great Southern can look forward to a bigger hospital that provides more services and first-class facilities and equipment,” the Minister said.
“These facilities will mean that more patients can receive care faster and closer to home.”
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