Tenders have been called for the $12 million, second phase of the redevelopment of Swan District Hospital.
Acting Health Minister Gordon Hill said about $11.8 million had been allocated for the work, which was the major component of the $17.6 million, first stage of redevelopment planned for the hospital.
The three-stage redevelopment, an overall health investment of $53 million, was outlined in the Government's 1989 metropolitan hospital plan to enable Swan District Hospital to meet the expanding health needs of the community into the next century.
"The redevelopment will increase the number of beds and services offered to people in Perth's eastern suburbs," Mr Hill said.
"These new facilities will significantly improve health services to residents in the east metropolitan area.
"The four new operating theatres will provide an increased capacity in ear, nose and throat surgery, orthopaedics, urology, paediatrics, ophthalmology and plastic surgery.
"New technology at the 20-bed day surgery will mean more cataract surgery and the use of techniques such as laparoscopy for quicker investigative procedures.
"The new therapies block will provide an increased capacity for services such as speech, occupational and physiotherapy, and the 30-bed restorative unit will assist the aged and disabled people of all ages to be restored to community life after hip operations, motor accidents and so on.
"The redevelopment will give residents access to these high-quality health services much closer to home, as part of the Government's policy to provide health services which are more integrated and responsive to local community needs.
"New facilities on the site will include:
· a 24-bed assessment and restorative unit;
· a therapies block;
· a 30-place day hospital;
· a 19-place day surgery unit;
· an operating suite; and -
· a central sterile supply department."
Tenders closed on December 23 and building is expected to begin in February.
Phase one of the project was completed on September 4 at a cost of $1.4 million.
· refurbishment of the hospital's maternity wing;
· provision of a level two nursery and upgrading of the general nursery; upgrading of electrical, communications, fire and hydraulic services; and -
· the provision of a new emergency power generator.
Phase three of the redevelopment will begin in about two years' time.
It will include remodelling the existing theatre block to accommodate pathology (currently housed in transportable units) and upgrading the engineering department.