Building starts on Northam Health Service

The construction tender for the $42 million redevelopment of the Northam Health Service has been awarded to Pindan, Health Minister John Day announced today.

The capital works program is one component of the $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions.

Mr Day said investment in health facilities in regional areas was important and that local residents would welcome the refurbishment.

"Upgrades will include a refurbished and expanded emergency department including modifications to the ambulance bay," he said.

"The surgical and sterilising departments will be redeveloped and expanded, renal services will be introduced and chemotherapy services expanded.

"Northam Health Service will also receive a new main entrance, an expanded inpatient unit, specialist consulting rooms, an upgraded kitchen and an outpatient centre for child health, mental health and occupational therapy services."
John Day, Health Minister

Acting Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls was pleased to see Royalties for Regions strengthening health care services in regional Western Australia.

"Improved infrastructure will boost greater service delivery and contribute towards narrowing the divide between regional and metropolitan health services," Mr Grylls said.

"The redeveloped Northam Health Service will enhance the delivery of sustainable services that meet the current and future healthcare demands of the Wheatbelt community."

Hames Sharley and Bateman Architects worked together to design the upgraded facility to ensure the additions complement the existing buildings and local architecture.

The redevelopment will support up to 290 jobs and take about two years to complete.

Source: Ministerial Media Statements