State Govt to open medi-ho­tel

Pilbara News - - News - Claire Tyrrell

The State Gov­ern­ment has an­nounced plans for its first medi­ho­tel.

The WA fa­cil­ity, de­signed to take pres­sure off the State’s ma­jor hospi­tals, will be built next to Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal in the Perth sub­urb of Mur­doch and will be part of a broader com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment.

A deal is be­ing fi­nalised with de­vel­oper Fini Group, with Aegis to op­er­ate the ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­ity.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the medi-ho­tel would de­liver a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for re­cu­per­at­ing pa­tients and free up hos­pi­tal beds.

“Medi-ho­tels are a key com­po­nent of the McGowan La­bor Gov­ern­ment’s com­mit­ment to putting pa­tients first,” Mr Cook said.

“They will de­liver a bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ence for re­cu­per­at­ing pa­tients and to free up hos­pi­tal beds so more pa­tients can be treated.”

AMA WA pres­i­dent Omar Khor­shid said given bed num­bers were lim­ited at Fiona Stan­ley, the Mur­doch medi-ho­tel could im­prove the public hos­pi­tal’s ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Perth pa­tients are set to end up in ho­tel rooms rather than hos­pi­tal wards.

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