Kevin Prince

Kevin Prince

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    New facilities at Joondalup Health Campus now open

    14/01/1998 12:00 AM
     

    14/1/98

     

    Residents in Perth's northern corridor will now have greater access to more high quality health services at the Joondalup Health Campus, which opened its new paediatric ward and intensive and coronary care unit this week.

     

    Health Minister Kevin Prince said the much-needed new facilities were a tangible demonstration of the State Government's commitment to providing services closer to where people lived.

     

    "The Joondalup Health Campus, which when complete will be a 365-bed, state-of-the-art health facility, is already providing public and private hospital services which have never been available in Perth's northern suburbs," Mr Prince said.

     

    "The superb range of services now available includes a renal dialysis unit, 19-bed emergency department and inpatient palliative care services.

     

    "Over the next few weeks, a variety of new medical and surgical services will also be introduced before construction of the new hospital is complete and it is fully operational at the end of next month."

     

    The hospital's new intensive and coronary care unit, as well as a 24-bed paediatric ward, opened on Monday.

     

    The number of beds available to obstetric and gynaecological patients has increased more than three-fold to 77, while the number of medical and surgical beds has more than doubled to 136.

     

    Later this month a new 26-bed restorative unit, a 25-bed mental health service and a hydrotherapy pool will also open.

     

    "The services now available or due shortly at the Joondalup Health Campus are second to none and residents in Perth's northern suburbs should be extremely proud of their local hospital and confident that the level of care they receive will be first-class," Mr Prince said.

     

    "This Government gave a commitment to increase access to health care in this State and we are delivering on that promise, in part through the establishment of magnificent new hospital facilities at Joondalup, Bunbury and Mandurah.

     

    "The former 84-bed Wanneroo Hospital has been transformed into a state-of-the-art community asset which will offer residents the very best in health care well into the next century ."

     

    The Joondalup Health Campus will be officially opened on March 11 and the public will be able to view the new facilities at an open day scheduled for March 15.

     

    Media contact: Kirsten Stoney 9221 1377

     

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