The State Government will pump an extra $59million into redeveloping Osborne Park Hospital as the major centre for elective surgery in the north metropolitan region.
Health Minister Jim McGinty said a total of $79million would be spent on rebuilding the Osborne Park facility into a major specialist hospital that would specialise in mental health, rehabilitation, aged care and planned overnight and same-day surgery.
“This is a significant investment that will increase access to health care services for people living in the northern suburbs,” Mr McGinty said.
“By 2015, Osborne Park Hospital will be substantially upgraded with an extra 64 beds and the most up-to-date surgical services and facilities.
“Osborne Park Hospital has played an important role in reducing the elective surgery waitlist over the past year and this new redevelopment will ensure that role is further enhanced.”
The redevelopment will begin in 2008 and will include the development of a satellite renal dialysis service.
Day rehabilitation facilities will be expanded and acute inpatient rehabilitation facilities and non-clinical support facilities will be upgraded.
Maternity services will be relocated to other hospitals.
The Minister said the additional funding to redevelop the Osborne Park facility 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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