STATE OF THE ART

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Jes­sica Cuthbert

The new $4 mil­lion Wil­liams Health Cen­tre has been un­veiled with in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy set to boost the qual­ity of health­care in the Wheat­belt.

A new health cen­tre lined with in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy will ben­e­fit pa­tients in the Great South­ern.

The newly con­structed Wil­liams Health Cen­tre was of­fi­cially opened last Fri­day.

The new cen­tre is part of the big­gest cap­i­tal works pro­gram ever com­pleted by the WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice and was opened last week by Agri­cul­tural Re­gion MLC Dar­ren West, rep­re­sent­ing Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook.

The new cen­tre will pro­vide in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy, along with new in­fra­struc­ture and im­proved patient sys­tems for Wheat­belt com­mu­ni­ties.

As well as the mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture, pa­tients will ben­e­fit from en­hanced clin­i­cal ser­vice ac­cess through tele­health, which con­nects lo­cal clin­i­cians on site with spe­cial­ist sup­port where needed, as well as re­duc­ing the need for pa­tients to travel. Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the cen­tre sup­ported the McGowan Gov­ern­ment’s vi­sion of de­liv­er­ing con­tem­po­rary health care in the coun­try, en­sur­ing lo­cal fam­i­lies re­ceived top-qual­ity care close to their home and loved ones.

“Tech­nol­ogy plays a huge part in mod­ern-day health care by help­ing to bridge the chal­lenge of dis­tance. Three new tele­health con­sult­ing rooms means pa­tients can be treated near home and avoid the need for costly and stress­ful travel,” he said.

The $4 mil­lion health cen­tre in­cludes a treat­ment area for out­pa­tient ser­vices and three multi-pur­pose tele­health-en­abled con­sult rooms in­clud­ing child health.

The re­de­vel­op­ments are part of a $300 mil­lion cap­i­tal works pro­gram that is im­prov­ing cap­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture in 37 towns across the Wheat­belt, Great South­ern, Mid West and South West.

In the Wheat­belt, Merredin, Nar­ro­gin and Northam hos­pi­tals are be­ing re­de­vel­oped as well as up­grades to 23 small hos­pi­tals and health cen­tres across the re­gion.

As well as the mod­ern in­fra­struc­ture, pa­tients will ben­e­fit from en­hanced clin­i­cal ser­vice ac­cess through tele­health.

Friends of Wil­liams Health Cen­tre at the un­veil­ing last week.

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