Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Hon Roger Cook BA GradDipBus MBA MLA

Deputy Premier; Minister for Health; Mental Health

    New CT scanner for Geraldton as planning begins for major hospital expansion

    30/05/2018 9:30 AM
     
    • State Government announces funding for a new 64-slice CT scanner in Geraldton
    • Health Minister confirms project planning has commenced for Geraldton Health Campus redevelopment
    • McGowan Government reiterates commitment to strengthening quality of care for the Mid-West region 

    Health Minister Roger Cook has today announced Geraldton Health Campus is set to receive a new 64-slice, state-of-the-art CT scanner worth more than $500,000.

     

    The funding, secured under the Department of Health's Medical Equipment Replacement Program, was confirmed during the Minister's visit to the Mid-West region.

     

    Mr Cook also announced project planning had officially begun for stage one of the Geraldton Health Campus redevelopment.

     

    As part of the 2018-19 State Budget, $73.3 million in funding has been secured which delivers a key election commitment to the people of the Mid-West region to strengthen quality healthcare and create jobs. 

     

    The staged expansion of Geraldton Health Campus will see:

    • An expanded emergency department and critical care unit;
    • An acute psychiatric unit;
    • A mental health short stay unit; and
    • Essential engineering service upgrades to the existing infrastructure.  

    The development of an acute psychiatric unit and mental health short stay unit will enable patients in the Mid-West to remain in their community while receiving care for mental health issues.

     

    Mid-West residents will also benefit from a $10.2 million investment into a community mental health Step Up/Step Down service, which will be delivered through a purpose-built 10-bed facility - located off campus.

     

    Comments attributed to Health and Mental Health Minister Roger Cook:

     

    "The McGowan Government is committed to boosting services for the Mid-West region through a funding injection of $73 million, which delivers on our election commitment to redevelop Geraldton Health Campus.

     

    "Improving mental health in the region will allow patients in the Mid-West to remain in their community while receiving appropriate care."

     

    Comment attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Darren West:

     

    "Upgrading to a 64-slice CT scanner will not only increase the speed in which scans can be produced but will also introduce advanced imaging technology into the Mid-West. This will significantly broaden the services available."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 6500