Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Minister for Health; Mental Health

    First patients to be treated at redeveloped Newman Health Service

    16/05/2022 12:15 PM
    • McGowan Government election commitment delivers new $61.4 million Newman Health Service with state-of-the-art emergency department opening
    • New Newman Health Service emergency department to open at 8am Wednesday May 18, 2022
    • First stage of the $61.4 million project has delivered six emergency bays and 12 inpatient beds
    • Stage two underway that will deliver GP consultation rooms and a dental service

    Newman residents and patients needing quality access to healthcare will be treated in the brand new, state-of-the-art emergency department on Mindarra Drive from 8am Wednesday May 18, 2022.


    The new emergency department forms part of the McGowan Government's election commitment to establish a new hospital, and the $61.4 million redevelopment includes a $15 million contribution from BHP.


    The new emergency department features six emergency bays, including two new resuscitation bays, three treatment bays, a procedure room, and 12 inpatient beds with increased capacity to treat critically ill and injured patients.


    From this Wednesday, people attending as inpatients or for medical imaging, pathology, mental health, community health, allied health and all outpatient appointments, will be able to access the hospital from the new main entrance off Mindarra Drive. The old emergency department will be closed. 


    Along with the continuity of local emergency services, the Newman Health Service is also telehealth-enabled giving local staff 24/7 access to a virtual care hub of emergency and other specialists across the Pilbara and in Perth via the highly regarded WA Country Health Service Command Centre.


    To streamline the transition, access to the new facility, located right next door to the existing hospital, will be clearly signposted and staff will be on hand for assistance - all phone numbers also remain the same.


    Sonic GP and the dental clinic appointments will continue as normal in their current location.


    The three-staged redevelopment is expected to be complete in early 2023 with an official opening to follow.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "Newman residents and nearby Pilbara communities should have access to modern, quality healthcare closer to home, which is why my Government made this important election commitment.


    "The opening of the new emergency department is a significant component of the redeveloped hospital, and I'd like to thank our health staff and local residents for their support and patience during the construction phase of the hospital upgrades.


    "I am looking forward to the completion of all the major works as part of the redevelopment, which will go a long way in supporting and benefiting the local community for generations to come.


    "It's important that big operators which play a significant role in our regional towns contribute to the revitalisation of community assets and infrastructure for future generations. This is something BHP has done, and I thank them for their involvement."


    Comments attributed to Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:


    "We are so pleased to have delivered increased emergency healthcare access for residents of Newman as part of this major $61.4 million redevelopment.


    "From Wednesday, it's really important the community understands they will now need to present at a different location for emergency care at the new entry off Mindarra Drive.


    "This project has been a high priority project for the McGowan Government and welcoming patients through the ED is another example of our commitment to making sure every Western Australian has access to quality healthcare facilities - regardless of where they live."


    Comments attributed to Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:


    "The new Newman Health Service is so important to the local community and it is fantastic to see it reach this important milestone.


    "The new health service also features art pieces by Nyiyaparli and Martu artists which is incredibly important in showcasing our local artists and the heart of the Newman community.


    "The state-of-the-art emergency department will serve the community well."


    Minister's office - 6552 5900