Builders for health service short-listed
The $41.8 million Onslow Health Service is ready to get off the ground with Health Minister John Day yesterday announcing builders have been short-listed for the project.
In Exmouth to announce a swathe of advances in health care across the North West, Mr Day said communities in the region would benefit from the $194.1 million North West Health Initiative.
“The Onslow Health Service will include an expanded threebed emergency department, a six-bed inpatient facility, and a new digital imaging department, with a dedicated pathology collection room. There will also be world-class telehealth links for rapid video access to emergency specialists in Hedland, Karratha and Perth,” he said.
“It will also have purposebuilt rooms for a dental clinic, child health, community mental health, community health nursing, physiotherapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy and counselling services.”
ADCO Constructions, Cockram Construction, Cooper and Oxley Builders, and Pindan Contracting have been invited to submit detailed building proposals.
The Onslow Health Service investment includes $19.8 million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program and $22 million from Chevron Australia.
NWHI projects include the redevelopment of Newman and Tom Price hospitals, a revamp of Paraburdoo Hospital to improve healthcare delivery, detailed strategy planning in Roebourne to provide sustainable services, six Kimberley and seven Pilbara telehealth centres, and improved patient and clinical information management systems.
“This investment will transform health care in remote Pilbara, Midwest and Kimberley towns and bring high-quality care closer to home for thousands of families,” Mr Day said.
“Along with better primary care, there will be more access to programs aimed at preventing illness and improving wellbeing.”
The tender for construction is on track to be awarded in September, with building expected to start shortly afterwards.
Construction is expected to be completed by mid-2018.
An artist’s impression of the new Onslow Health Service.