Hos­pi­tal to get another $10m

FUNDS FOR UP­GRADES, SUP­PLY OF FIRE SAFETY NEEDS

Guardian Express - - NEWS - By JULIAN WRIGHT

ROYAL Perth Hos­pi­tal will re­ceive another $10 mil­lion for im­prove­ments de­spite more than $3 mil­lion be­ing spent on fire safety mea­sures in the past two years.

The State Bud­get, handed down on Septem­ber 7, showed a to­tal of $10 mil­lion had been re­al­lo­cated from the Bent­ley Hos­pi­tal re­de­vel­op­ment project to meet pri­or­ity fire safety needs at Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal.

An East Metropoli­tan Health Ser­vice spokes­woman said the ad­di­tional $10 mil­lion would be used for “var­i­ous up­grades or ad­di­tional sup­ply of fire safety needs”.

She con­firmed that dur­ing the past two years “ap­prox­i­mately $3.578 mil­lion has been spent on fire safety up­grades” at RPH.

“These up­grades have in­cluded ad­di­tional fire sprin­klers, hy­drants and warn­ing sys­tems, in ad­di­tion to fire door im­prove­ments,” the spokes­woman said.

“Pa­tient, vis­i­tor and staff safety is a pri­or­ity at RPH.

“Our ob­jec­tive is to con­tin­u­ally im­prove fire safety which is the ba­sis of the cur­rent $10 mil­lion project.”

The spokes­woman did not re­lease de­tails of the project.

She said the most re­cent fire re­ported at RPH was in a stor­age area in Oc­to­ber last year.

“The fire was so small that it was able to be ex­tin­guished by staff us­ing a por­ta­ble CO2 fire ex­tin­guisher, in line with stan­dard fire man­age­ment pro­to­col,” she said.

She said “the money was pre­vi­ously al­lo­cated as a pro­vi­sional amount to be spent at Bent­ley Hos­pi­tal, pend­ing the out­come of a scope of works which would have been de­vel­oped in a busi­ness case fol­low­ing con­sul­ta­tion with all stake­hold­ers through var­i­ous project work­ing groups”.

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