The State Government will invest an extra $201million to redevelop Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital into a world-class tertiary hospital with more than 1,100 beds.
Health Minister Jim McGinty said the State Government had allocated $546.2million to rebuild the Nedlands facility into the main teaching hospital for the north metropolitan region.
“Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital will be redeveloped into a world-class facility, complete with a dedicated Cancer Centre, State Neurosciences Centre and major clinical research facility all on the one campus,” Mr McGinty said.
“The state-of-the-art Cancer Centre will be equipped with the latest technology to fight cancer and will have the capacity to see an additional 610 patients a year, which will see a dramatic reduction in waiting times for patients needing life-saving treatment.
“There will also be significant upgrades to several facilities within the hospital and a huge increase in bed numbers, providing the highest level of tertiary health care at the doorstep of people living in the north metropolitan area.”
The State Cancer Centre will be fully operational by 2010 and will provide increased capacity for chemotherapy, radiotherapy and outpatients clinics.
Stage One of the SCGH redevelopment is due to begin in October 2008 and will include the expansion and upgrade of acute inpatient facilities, operating theatres and support facilities and teaching and research facilities.
Some services will be moved from Royal Perth Hospital to SCGH. There are also plans for a possible expansion of Hollywood Private Hospital.
A multi-deck car park will be constructed. The redevelopment is due to be completed in 2012.
The Minister said the additional funding to redevelop Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital was part of a total rebuild of the State’s health system.
“Our booming economy means we can invest an extra $890million to build new hospitals, upgrade existing hospitals and open an additional 800 beds,” he said.
“The Government has developed a ten-year health blueprint with a massive $3.6billion capital works program for hospitals right across the State.”
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