Residents of Busselton and surrounding towns are a step closer to getting a new 75-bed hospital with the appointment of an architect to design the facility.
Health Minister Jim McGinty said Bateman Grundmann Architects had been appointed to work on the $77.4million hospital.
“This new hospital site gives us a rare opportunity to develop a top-class health precinct for people in the Busselton region on a greenfield site,” Mr McGinty said.
“We will now proceed with a concept design for the hospital, which will be co-located with a privately developed 95-bed aged care residential facility and medical centre.
“The development of an integrated hospital and aged care precinct on a greenfield site provides for synergies with private sector partners to improve health care services in the South-West, to meet the needs of current residents and future generations.
“It also has the advantage of enabling the new hospital and private health facilities to share support services, such as catering for example, with savings redirected into health care.
“Once the initial concept designs are complete, wider consultation will be carried out with health professionals and residents.”
Mr McGinty also welcomed the Western Australian Planning Commission’s decision to approve the subdivision of land for the new hospital site and the private aged care facility.
“Although we have experienced some initial delays awaiting the subdivision approval, the WAPC decision means we can now confirm the construction schedule,” he said.
“We expect to call for tenders for construction by mid-2009, with work scheduled to start in the second half of 2009. The new construction date is due to delays in receiving necessary planning approvals.
“The hospital is now due to open its doors to patients by July 2011.”
The new hospital will include:
· 75 beds with a high dependency unit, expanded day ward with renal dialysis, ambulatory and day surgery facilities (up from 52 beds in the current hospital);
· an expanded 24-hour emergency department (twice the size of the current ED);
· two modern operating theatres;
· two birthing suites;
· community health facilities;
· expanded medical imaging services; and
· pathology services.
For the first time, residents of Busselton and the Capes Region will enjoy comprehensive healthcare from one location. The hospital will operate as part of the South-West regional health network, which includes the Regional Resource Centre at Bunbury, along with Margaret River and Augusta hospitals.
South-West MLC Adele Farina said the project demonstrated the State Government’s commitment to ensuring that all Western Australians had access to high quality health care closer to where they lived.
“I am pleased that the new Busselton Hospital is moving ahead and I look forward to seeing the concept designs as they are developed,” Ms Farina said.
The new Busselton hospital is part of the State Government’s $600million capital investment program to improve country health services over the next six years.
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