- Health Minister tours new Karratha Health Campus ahead of official opening
- $207 million new medical facility on track for practical completion in July, with first patients expected in spring 2018
- New drone and time lapse footage released of project construction
Health Minister Roger Cook led a tour of the new Karratha Health Campus today, providing a sneak peek inside the impressive facility.
Almost two years to the day since foundations were laid, the 13,000 square metre building is weeks away from practical completion and on track to see its first patients in spring 2018.
The Minister also released drone and time lapse footage which shows vision of the project's construction since 2016. The time lapse footage gives a behind-the-scenes insight into the build of the $207.15 million campus, while the drone footage provides an aerial view of the striking campus.
Once completed, the facility will feature a significantly expanded emergency department and a new surgical centre, maternity wing and delivery suites. There is an enlarged outpatients unit plus essential services such as child health clinics and new medical imaging suites. In line with recommendations from the Interim Report of the Sustainable Health Review, there are also world-class telehealth services.
The new hospital also includes a helipad enabling helicopter access for patients coming to Karratha from more remote locations, and also allows for the emergency evacuation of patients needing urgent transport to Perth.
The project's completion reflects the McGowan Government's promise to put patients first and deliver healthcare where it is needed. Regional hospital upgrades across the State, coupled with our election commitment to establish Medihotels, will ensure regional Western Australians receive increased support, appropriate treatment and improved healthcare outcomes.
The first Medihotel will be built at Fiona Stanley Hospital, with others earmarked for Royal Perth Hospital and Joondalup Health Campus. Medihotels will offer regional patients extra support as they transition through the hospital system, while freeing up bed space to create more efficient and cost-effective hospitals.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The development of Karratha Health Campus is the biggest investment ever undertaken in a public hospital in regional WA. It's a stunning space for us to deliver world-class care to patients.
"More than 500,000 hours have been worked on the site since construction began with around 100 workers on site each day.
"Walking through the doors of the main entrance today, I found myself in one of three major courtyards which are at the heart of the health campus design. They introduce light, nature and ventilation, but will also help people find their way around the hospital.
"When treatment necessitates travel to Perth, Medihotels will offer extra support to regional patients and their families."
Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:
"Technology plays a huge part in modern day healthcare, bridging the challenge of distance. In line with the Interim Report of the Sustainable Health Review, Karratha will host expanded telehealth services which extends the scope of healthcare available locally.
"More than 480 patients attended telehealth appointments in the last year and it is expected the additional telehealth equipment in Karratha will enable many more local people to 'meet' with their specialists here, without having to travel to Hedland or Perth. This reduces stress and avoids costly travel."
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