- First patients and community health appointments expected in December
- Construction completed on brand new healthcare hub
- First new hospital for Onslow residents in more than 50 years
Construction of Onslow's brand new hospital and health service is now complete, with the doors expected to open to the community in December.
Health Minister Roger Cook announced that practical completion had been achieved on the building, marking the last major milestone before it opens to the public.
The brand new Onslow Health Service facility includes an expanded emergency department with three acute care bays and one state-of-the-art resuscitation bay; a six-bed inpatient unit with modern, single rooms each with an ensuite; a purpose-built medical imaging room and a new dental clinic.
The modern outpatient centre includes purpose-built rooms for child health, community mental health, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and community health nursing.
The high-tech ICT and communications technology will enable telehealth links so that patients have access to a wide range of specialists across the region and in Perth.
The building's distinctive curved roof design reflects the colours and landscape of the Pilbara, with a wide balcony with views out to Beadon Bay. This infrastructure project is part of the biggest capital works program ever completed by the WA Country Health Service.
A staged transition to the new facility is taking place to ensure minimal disruption to patients. For regular updates on the transition, visit the Onslow Health Service redevelopment Facebook page or http://www.wacountry.health.wa.gov.au/onslow
The Onslow Health Service redevelopment is part funded by the Chevron-operated Wheatstone Project, as part of its $250 million commitment to upgrading Onslow's social and critical infrastructure.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"The expanded emergency department and modern six-bed inpatient unit are state-of-the-art, and have telehealth and videoconferencing links for access to emergency and other specialists.
"Local people will be able to attend their child health, physiotherapy and other community health appointments in purpose-built rooms in comfort and privacy, and with specialist services such as medical imaging and pathology under the same roof.
"Many of the clinical staff at Onslow have had input into the building and service design, and will now be able to see their vision and ideas come to fruition when the facility opens in a few weeks' time."
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"Government and industry have come together to develop this vital infrastructure which will benefit the community for many years to come.
"Supporting the economic growth and building local capability and the social amenity of regional Western Australia is a key focus for the Government."
Health Minister's office - 6552 6500
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6200