Premier: New hos­pi­tal world class

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News - Gio­vanni Torre

WA Premier Colin Bar­nett has de­fended the State Gov­ern­ment’s han­dling of the new chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal, de­scrib­ing the fa­cil­ity as “world class” dur­ing a tour of the build­ing site re­cently.

Mr Bar­nett praised the use of space, colour and nat­u­ral light to make it a more com­fort­able and com­fort­ing place for chil­dren get­ting med­i­cal care.

He said the build­ing should be com­pleted by Au­gust 4 but time was needed to make the hos­pi­tal pa­tient-ready.

“The 20th of Novem­ber will be the fi­nal move; the day all of the pa­tients will be moved in a fleet of am­bu­lances from PMH to this site,” he said.

“I would like to con­firm the hos­pi­tal will open this year.”

The Au­di­tor-Gen­eral is cur­rently in­ves­ti­gat­ing com­plaints from sub-con­trac­tors who worked for the prin­ci­pal builder of the hos­pi­tal, John Hol­land.

Mr Bar­nett said Trea­sury was sat­is­fied with the way John Hol­land had been pay­ing its con­trac­tors.

The hos­pi­tal op­er­at­ing the­atres are 60sq m, up from the av­er­age size of 45sq m at Princess Mar­garet Hos­pi­tal (PMH).

The big­ger the­atres will ac­com­mo­date the greater amount of equip­ment now used in most op­er­a­tions.

Mi­randa Nikolich, whose son has been a fre­quent pa­tient at PMH, said the cur­rent chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal “has been a fan­tas­tic fa­cil­ity” but praised the new hos­pi­tal as a leap for­ward.

“The colour, the stim­u­lat­ing en­vi­ron­ment and the win­dows; for a child who spends a lot of time in­doors, they need that colour and vi­brancy,” she said.

Health Min­is­ter John Day con­ceded the new hos­pi­tal would ex­pe­ri­ence some teething prob­lems next year, but noth­ing on the scale of the prob­lems that had plagued Fiona Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal.

“With any new fa­cil­ity – and one as com­plex as this – it is highly likely there will be some small is­sues to be dealt with in the first 12 months or so… (but) peo­ple will ex­pe­ri­ence world’s best prac­tice here,” he said.

WA Premier Colin Bar­nett con­firmed that the new chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal will open this year.

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