Refurbished centre boosts health care
■ 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.
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.