Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA
A $13 million investment to revitalise hospital infrastructure and amenities at the Harvey Health Service is a major step closer with a shortlist of builders for the project expected next month.
Health Minister Kim Hames said investment in infrastructure and equipment upgrades was important to meet the growing demand for specialist services and community-based health care in regional Western Australia.
“Once complete, the redeveloped Harvey site will have better community-based health services, improved outpatient facilities and a dedicated clinic for general practitioners,”
Dr Hames said.
“Residents of Harvey and surrounding areas will have access to a wide range of services on a single site, bringing increased efficiency, shorter waiting times and better continuity of care.”
The Minister said the new Telehealth equipment installed last month at Harvey Health Service was already improving access to emergency care.
“The Emergency Telehealth Service gives local clinicians access to a network of off-site specialists in emergency medicine through high-definition videoconferencing, so they’re supported when treating acute emergency patients,” he said.
“By combining facility upgrades with the latest advances in technology there’s more choice for local communities to receive top-level care closer to home, reducing the need to travel to Perth for treatment.”
Dr Hames said the redevelopment of Harvey Health Service would also include a new emergency department linked to the inpatient ward via a procedure room, relocation and refurbishment of pathology services and modernisation of the main hospital entrance.
A shortlist of builders for the Harvey Health Service upgrade project is expected in June and the construction contract is expected to be awarded in September.
Building is due to start before the end of the year, with completion on track for 2017.
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