- McGowan Government progressing election commitment to bring MRI technology to the Goldfields
- Tender for construction of MRI suite now open
- Construction expected to commence this year
A construction tender to build a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) suite to service the Goldfields region has been released.
The modern suite will be built within the existing infrastructure at the Kalgoorlie Health Campus and will house an MRI machine.
The suite will support the technical requirements and safety regulations essential for MRI technology which uses powerful magnets and radio waves for medical imaging.
This is part of the McGowan Government's $6.27 million commitment to bring MRI services to the Goldfields region.
The WA Country Health Service has worked closely with a range of key stakeholders to complete the detailed design of the MRI suite which will feature a scanning room, reporting area and patient areas including a holding bay, waiting area and change room.
Having access to MRI technology locally will enable residents to be assessed and treated in their community without the need to travel and be away from family and friends. The MRI is anticipated to be operating in 2021.
The tender is now open and closes June 17, 2020. More information can be found on http://www.tenders.wa.gov.au/
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
The McGowan Government's investment has been more than just about bringing MRI technology to the region. It's about considering the safety of staff and patients, and above all putting patients first.
MRI technology is complex. The MRI machine needs to be contained within a secure suite for the safety of staff and patients to enable safe practices and if required, emergency procedures.
MRI imaging, can be used to help clinicians diagnose serious conditions and injuries such as spinal damage, stroke, brain injury and cancer.
Naturally, patients can often feel anxious about getting an MRI scan, and worry about the scan results.
It's not something people want to get done alone, hundreds of kilometres from home."
Comments attributed to Mining and Pastoral Region MLC Kyle McGinn
"Having access to MRI technology locally demonstrates the McGowan Government's commitment to putting patients first.
It will enable residents to be assessed in their community without the need to travel and be away from their family and friends.
It will also ensure residents have timely access to this diagnostic service closer to home, contributing to improved health outcomes.
There have been many promises over the past decade to deliver an MRI machine. The McGowan Government are the ones actually delivering it.
This is a significant milestone for the Goldfields community and I strongly encourage local and regional businesses to apply for the tender."
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