- Kondinin and Corrigin health service redevelopments complete
- Works form part of the biggest capital works program ever completed by the WA Country Health Service
Representing the Minister for Health, Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham has opened the Kondinin and Corrigin health services following their redevelopment.
The renovations are part of a $300 million capital works program that is improving infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions.
The upgrades to regional health care facilities such as Kondinin and Corrigin ensure that patients can access contemporary health services.
Complementing improvements to hospital infrastructure, both sites have benefited from investment in digital and information systems, including the introduction of a fast and reliable wireless network. This will support the future use of wireless telehealth carts that will be able to bring health specialists, via video-link, right to the patient's bedside.
$3.1 million has been invested into the Kondinin Health Service upgrade which includes a new multi-purpose consultation room, a triage room, an observation room, a new palliative care bedroom with a courtyard view, a refurbished kitchen, new offices and a communications room for information technology.
$4.5 million has been invested into the Corrigin Health Service upgrade which includes a new resuscitation room and a new triage room in the emergency department, three new consultation rooms which have been enabled for telehealth consultations, a refurbished staff station, medications room, kitchen, medical records room and a new communications room for information technology. A new generator was also installed to power the site if mains power fails.
Both Kondinin and Corrigin health services received upgrades to their electrical switchboards, distribution boards and site electric cabling. The nurse call systems were also upgraded and now include mobile duress, giving nurses the chance to sound a personal alarm if they are involved in an emergency situation.
These infrastructure projects are part of a modernisation program taking place across the WA Country Health Service. Improvements to infrastructure, along with new patient information systems and a virtual workforce provided through telehealth services combine to provide the best possible care for country communities.
The range of technology-enabled health services which can now be delivered through telehealth includes emergency telehealth, cancer care, stroke care and many allied health services.
In the Wheatbelt region, the WA Country Health Service capital works program also includes the redevelopment of Merredin, Narrogin and Northam hospitals as well as upgrades to 23 small hospitals and health centres.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The McGowan Government is committed to ensuring patients in regional Western Australia have access to quality healthcare closer to home. It's all part of putting patients first.
"Sometimes it's the little things that count - like the new palliative care bedroom with a peaceful courtyard view so when patients are bed-bound they can still feel sunlight on their face and a connection to the outdoors."
Comments attributed to Agricultural Region MLC Laurie Graham:
"I am pleased to have officially opened both Kondinin and Corrigin health services following the redevelopments.
"I'm particularly heartened to see that the upgrades to the central nurse call systems at both sites include mobile duress alarms.
"It's great to know staff can call for a second pair of hands quickly if a patient has had a fall, or to get help if a patient is behaving in an aggressive manner.
"This mobile duress system not only improves patient safety, but equally improves safety for nurses."
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