Gascoyne benefits from health care upgrade

Residents of Carnarvon and surrounding areas have access to a modern, purpose-built health care hub following the transformation of the Carnarvon Health Campus.

Officially opening the $26.8 million facility yesterday, Health Minister John Day said key local health services were now centrally located to maximise efficiency and convenience for the community.

"The Emergency Department has been expanded and designed to meet cyclone standards and is now equal to the best in Western Australia, with an upgraded connection through the Emergency Telehealth Service to Perth-based and regional specialists," Mr Day said.

"New community mental health and child health services have been incorporated on the site, along with a dental clinic and physiotherapy gymnasium.

"A new four-chair renal unit has also been established, with dedicated treatment areas opening in 2017 to help ensure patients receive the best possible care closer to home."

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the majority of funding for the new hospital facilities had come from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions Gascoyne Revitalisation Plan.

"Projects like these help people in rural and remote WA access vital services that those living in Perth and larger centres take for granted."
Terry Redman, Regional Development Minister

"Complementing the improved hospital facilities will be the new $16.58 million, 38-bed Carnarvon residential aged care facility, to be located within the health campus."

Construction is also expected to start shortly on a $2.805 million, five-bed renal hostel as part of a $45.77 million boost to dialysis services across rural and remote WA.

Mr Day announced today that Pindan Construction Pty Ltd had been awarded the renal hostel contract.

"Construction of the renal hostel and the aged care centre is expected to support up to 170 jobs, with the hostel getting underway this year, followed by the aged care centre in 2017," he said.

Source: Ministerial Media Statements

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