- McGowan Government delivers election commitment to upgrade hospital services
- Enhanced obstetric services and neonatal nursery
- New Rehabilitation Unit to include an additional 10 beds
- Expanded specialised therapy hub
- Future Urgent Care Clinic and aged care precinct plans progressed
Osborne Park Hospital will undergo a major transformation with record funding of $24.9 million allocated in the 2018-19 State Budget.
The funding boost delivers on the McGowan Labor Government's commitment to improve the hospital's neonatal unit and expand rehabilitation services.
The expansion includes a new level 2A neonatal nursery for local mothers with low to moderate risk pregnancies. The enhanced obstetric services will enable more mothers to give birth closer to where they live.
The higher level of care provided at the nursery will also reduce the need for babies requiring specialist care to be transferred to King Edward Memorial Hospital or the new Perth Children's Hospital. This allows more mothers and their babies to remain at the same hospital following the birth.
A new 10-bed rehabilitation unit will also form part of the expansion of healthcare services at Osborne Park Hospital. The unit will specialise in caring for a range of patients requiring rehabilitation following a stroke, amputation and neurological conditions.
In a first of its kind for Perth's northern suburbs, a centralised therapy hub will be developed at Osborne Park Hospital. It will provide inpatient and outpatient services to thousands of patients requiring rehabilitation in a contemporary environment.
Patients at the therapy hub will have access to a full complement of nursing, medical and allied health staff support. The state-of-the-art rehabilitation unit will enable patients to interact with one another, which evidence-based research shows enhances recovery outcomes.
The expansion project is being delivered by the State and Commonwealth governments through a joint funding arrangement, with the State contributing $14.3 million. Detailed capital planning project work has already commenced, and the project is expected to be completed in 2021.
To facilitate the growth in Perth's northern suburbs and build on the quality health service Osborne Park Hospital provides, additional work is being undertaken to further the plans for an Urgent Care Clinic and a 16,000 square metre aged care precinct on the hospital site.
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"The Osborne Park Hospital expansion will enhance the hospital and health care experience for thousands of northern suburbs patients who require maternity and rehabilitation services.
"Osborne Park Hospital was neglected by the Liberal National Government and left struggling to cope. This Government is focused on providing quality healthcare where it's needed, and I'm pleased this expansion will deliver the services that residents of Perth's northern suburbs will need and use."
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"Delivering on this election promise means mums with low to moderate risk pregnancies can have their babies from 34 weeks, at a top class obstetric facility closer to their home. It also means fewer babies will need to be transferred to other hospitals for specialist care, keeping them in the same hospital as their mothers.
"My focus is to ensure patients receive quality care and that the health and wellbeing of Western Australians are being looked after. Additional rehabilitation beds and an expanded centralised therapy hub will provide recovering patients with contemporary and functional rehabilitation services closer to home."
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