Re­fur­bished cen­tre boosts health care

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Re­de­vel­op­ment of the Ex­mouth Health Ser­vice build­ing has been fi­nalised with the fa­cil­ity now of­fer­ing key health ser­vices and spe­cialised treat­ment ar­eas.

The up­grade was part of a $34.9 mil­lion State Gov­ern­ment in­vest­ment into health fa­cil­ity projects in the Gas­coyne re­gion.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said up­graded health fa­cil­i­ties had been the num­ber one pri­or­ity dur­ing his 10-year ten­ure in the seat.

“It is pleas­ing to make an elec­tion com­mit­ment based on what the com­mu­nity wants, then see it de­liv­ered and opened,” he said.

“This is what makes it worth­while do­ing my job.

“Health and ed­u­ca­tion are the two is­sues the com­mu­nity al­ways cries out for and I be­lieve we have been able to achieve (out­comes for both) in Ex­mouth.”

Health Min­is­ter Kim Hames said the fa­cil­i­ties in the new cen­tre gave res­i­dents and vis­i­tors ac­cess to mod­ern health care.

“The re­fur­bished cen­tre in­cludes new tele­health fa­cil­i­ties to ac­cess con­sul­tants and emer­gency medicine spe­cial­ists, along with new treat­ment ar­eas and an ex­tra GP con­sult­ing room,” he said.

“Child health ser­vices, com­mu­nity men­tal health and so­cial work are now lo­cated with the emer­gency depart­ment in a sin­gle health care hub for the re­gion.

“The hospi­tal’s new med­i­cal imag­ing equip­ment is housed in a re­fur­bished, fit-for-pur­pose room with im­proved ac­cess to the emer­gency depart­ment.

In ad­di­tion, a new triage booth pro­vides greater pa­tient pri­vacy.”

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said Roy­al­ties for Re­gions in­vest­ment in rel­e­vant health in­fras­truc­ture and ser­vices was vi­tal to the re­gion.

“Mod­ern ameni­ties and ex­panded ser­vices help at­tract and re­tain skilled peo­ple to the Gas­coyne re­gion, and im­proved health­care fa­cil­i­ties af­fords greater peace of mind,” he said.

The build­ing fea­tures a pub­lic art­work screen that runs the length of the en­trance walk­way, fea­tur­ing ocean and birdlife im­agery to re­flect the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Gas­coyne De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion chair­man Tony Beard and chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Strick­land, Shire of Ex­mouth pres­i­dent Turk Shales, Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man, North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia, WACHS project of­fi­cer Tina God­den and clin­i­cal health man­ager Emma Howard.

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