The $360million Midland Public Hospital project has reached the halfway mark and is on track to open in 2015.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the hospital, a key component of the State Government’s $7billion investment in health infrastructure across Western Australia, was progressing well, on time and on budget.
“Midland Public Hospital is on track for completion as scheduled in 2015, and will deliver free health care to approximately 29,000 inpatients during its first year alone,” Dr Hames said.
“The local community has been able to see the progress on the hospital, when the building ‘topped out’ in November 2013, it became the tallest building in Midland.
“The opening of the hospital will mean the number of people living in Midland and surrounding communities, who can access high-quality health care closer to home will increase significantly.”
The Minister said services at the new 307-bed hospital would include coronary care, intensive care and cancer care, as well as an expanded maternity and newborn service and an emergency department designed to enable efficient workflow.
“The maternity unit will have 22 patient rooms, five birth suites, and a six-cot neonatal nursery. The service will be provided free of charge to public patients, and will allow mothers to ‘room in’ with their new babies,” he said.
“The emergency department is expected to treat upwards of 55,000 patients a year, or more than 1,000 patients a week.”
A time-lapse video of the hospital’s construction has been released to celebrate the halfway point milestone.
The $360million Midland Public Hospital project is jointly funded by the State and Commonwealth governments.
The State Government is in partnership with St John of God Health Care to design, build and operate Midland Public Hospital
More information is available at the Midland Public Hospital website.