People living in Morawa, Perenjori, Latham and surrounding communities will have better access to health care with the completion of a new $10million health facility for the district.
Health Minister Jim McGinty said the new purpose-built Morawa Perenjori Health Service Centre would provide 24-hour emergency care, acute care, aged care accommodation and allied health services such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy, podiatry and dietetics.
“The new facility includes four short-term acute-care beds, which means that more patients are now able to get care in Morawa,” Mr McGinty said.
“By comparison, the 70-year-old Morawa Hospital, which closed with the opening of the new centre, had three acute beds. This has the added benefit of freeing-up beds in Geraldton Hospital.
“Primary health care services including child and community health, health promotion and mental health services will be able to work together more easily from their new purpose-built facilities.”
The new centre is linked to aged care facility Morawa Lodge, which has 10 aged care beds and a purpose-built palliative care room. The elderly will also be able to use the refurbished day care centre and access personal care services such as transport, home maintenance and meals on wheels.
Other new features not previously offered by the old hospital include:
· a dedicated bed for respite, acute or palliative care;
· a physiotherapy room;
· a group training room;
· a relatives’ room;
· offices for visiting specialists and allied health staff;
· a trauma/X-ray room; and
· increased storage for medical records.
“The new centre is more secure than the old hospital and is fitted with CCTV cameras, personal duress alarms, ‘safe rooms’ for staff with safety screens and secure electronic swipe card access to the health service after hours,” Mr McGinty said.
“With all health services located under one roof, staff can now work more closely to provide an integrated service to achieve the best possible health outcomes for residents.
“The quality of health care provided by the Morawa Perenjori Health Service was recently recognised by the Australian Council on Health Care Standards which noted the atmosphere of caring and the can-do attitude of staff at the health service.”
Agricultural MLC Kim Chance said he was pleased people in the district would be able to get high quality health care closer to where they lived.
“The Morawa Perenjori communities, through ongoing consultation, co-operation and partnership, have achieved a modern facility that will help local patients receive the best possible health care now and well into the future,” Mr Chance said.
The new Morawa Perenjori Health Service Centre is part of the State Government’s $600million, 10-year capital investment program in country health services.
The centre is located on Caulfield Street. The old hospital and land is being vested in the Shire of Morawa for its use.
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