Premier of­fi­cially opens hospi­tal

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha’s new $207.15 mil­lion hospi­tal was of­fi­cially opened on Wed­nes­day at an event at­tended by the State Govern­ment’s two most se­nior min­is­ters.

Also in at­ten­dance were the head of the WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice board, many health sec­tor staff, as­so­ci­ated con­trac­tors and lo­cal dig­ni­taries.

The big­gest health in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment in re­gional WA his­tory, Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus has al­ready been op­er­at­ing for five weeks but only had its for­mal launch last week. Premier Mark McGowan and Deputy Premier and Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook flew into town to un­veil a plaque com­mem­o­rat­ing the open­ing.

Mr McGowan said the large scale and high-qual­ity con­struc­tion of the CBD-lo­cated hospi­tal made it a stand-out health fa­cil­ity in coun­try WA.

“The qual­ity of the care, the fa­cil­i­ties, the art — ev­ery­thing that’s on of­fer here is truly mag­nif­i­cent,” he said. “It comes on the back of the re­build of a range of hos­pi­tals around re­gional WA over the course of the last 20 years or so but this is the big­gest and the best.”

Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel said the fa­cil­ity would be a “great as­set” for the com­mu­nity.

WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice chair­man Neale Fong praised ev­ery­one in­volved in the hospi­tal’s con­struc­tion for its rel­a­tively fast build, which took about 21⁄2 years.

“The build­ing has been im­mensely suc­cess­ful in terms of be­ing on time and on bud­get, and it only took a cou­ple of years to get up,” he said.

Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus was an­nounced in 2012 by the for­mer Lib­eral-Na­tion­als govern­ment as part of the Pil­bara Ci­ties vi­sion, funded by the State Govern­ment through Roy­al­ties for Re­gions and con­structed by Mul­ti­plex.

It in­cludes 40 beds, an ex­panded emer­gency depart­ment, CT scan­ner, sur­gi­cal cen­tre, a ma­ter­nity wing with de­liv­ery suites, ex­panded out­pa­tients unit and essen­tial ser­vices in­clud­ing child health clin­ics, med­i­cal images suites, tele­health ser­vices and a he­li­pad for emer­gency trans­fers.

WA Na­tion­als deputy leader Jacqui Boy­dell, who at­tended the open­ing, said the fa­cil­ity had been made wholly pos­si­ble by Roy­al­ties for Re­gions which had been eroded un­der the La­bor Govern­ment.

The old Nickol Bay Hospi­tal has been flagged for de­mo­li­tion and the land re­pur­posed.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

WACHS chair­man Neale Fong, Premier Mark McGowan, Deputy Premier and Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook and Pil­bara MLA Kevin Michel un­veil a com­mem­o­ra­tive plaque to of­fi­cially open the Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus.

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