Onslow Health Ser­vice opens

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Onslow’s first new hos­pi­tal in more than 50 years will start ac­cept­ing pa­tients from 8am to­day.

Con­struc­tion of the Onslow Health Ser­vice reached prac­ti­cal com­ple­tion last week, mark­ing a ma­jor mile­stone for the fa­cil­ity which has been in devel­op­ment since Novem­ber 2016.

The new fa­cil­ity, which was opened for pub­lic tours last Satur­day, in­cludes an ex­panded emer­gency de­part­ment, six-bed in­pa­tient unit, med­i­cal imag­ing room, den­tal clinic, two-chair ca­pac­ity dial­y­sis, and tele­health and ICT links for ac­cess to a range of spe­cial­ists.

Its out­pa­tient cen­tre fea­tures rooms for child health, com­mu­nity men­tal health, phys­io­ther­apy, speech ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and com­mu­nity health nurs­ing spe­cial­ties.

Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook said the hos­pi­tal fea­tured the lat­est health tech­nol­ogy.

“The ex­panded emer­gency de­part­ment and mod­ern six-bed in­pa­tient unit are state-of-the-art, and have tele­health and video­con­fer­enc­ing links for ac­cess to emer­gency and other spe­cial­ists,” he said.

WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice Pilbara re­gional di­rec­tor Margi Faulkner said the hos­pi­tal uni­fied all the main health ser­vices in Onslow in a sin­gle, mod­ern fa­cil­ity.

“I think the lovely thing for the com­mu­nity here is that this is a pur­pose-built fa­cil­ity with ev­ery­thing in the one place, un­der the one roof,” she said.

Shire of Ash­bur­ton pres­i­dent Kerry White said the new fa­cil­ity would be a key as­set for the re­gion.

“The open­ing of the new Onslow Health Ser­vice is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the town and will vastly im­prove the med­i­cal ser­vices avail­able to res­i­dents,” she said.

“The new health cam­pus pro­vides greater op­por­tu­nity for a broader range of vis­it­ing spe­cial­ists as well as en­hanced avail­abil­ity of key med­i­cal ameni­ties.”

All hos­pi­tal, emer­gency and health clinic ap­point­ments will be held in the new build­ing from to­day.

Fur­ther con­tracted works still need to be com­pleted and are ex­pected to be fin­ished in the first half of next year.

The old Onslow Hos­pi­tal, which was built in 1965, will be knocked down and the land will be con­verted into a staff carpark and land­scaped area for the new fa­cil­ity.

The fi­nal cost of the hos­pi­tal has not yet been de­ter­mined, but it was orig­i­nally pro­jected to cost $41.8 mil­lion funded by the State Gov­ern­ment and the Chevron-op­er­ated Wheat­stone LNG project.

Onslow Health Ser­vice was part of the pre­vi­ous Lib­eral-Na­tion­als gov­ern­ment’s $194.1 mil­lion North West Health Ini­tia­tive, de­signed to im­prove health ser­vices in the State’s north.

Pic­tures: Ali­cia Per­era

Onslow Health Ser­vice se­nior project of­fi­cer Stacey Mel­drum, act­ing clin­i­cal nurse man­ager Hay­ley Aliphon and WACHS Pilbara re­gional di­rec­tor Margi Faulkner out­side the new hos­pi­tal.

A dig­i­tally printed mu­ral of more than 150 lo­cals' hand­prints dec­o­rates the in­side of the roof.

The emer­gency de­part­ment in­side the new Onslow Health Ser­vice.

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