Midland's first new public hospital in more than 60 years has opened, providing Perth's north-eastern corridor and Wheatbelt residents with high level, contemporary health services.
Located on Clayton Street in the historic Railway Workshops precinct, the $360.2 million project was jointly funded by the State and Federal governments and delivered under a Public Private Partnership with St John of God Health Care.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the hospital would form part of an integrated precinct further complemented by the new Curtin University Medical School due to open in 2017 which would play a role in training the doctors of tomorrow.
"The new 307-bed Midland hospital is 50 per cent bigger than Swan District Hospital”.
"Patients no longer have to travel to tertiary sites but can be assessed and treated closer to home, or transferred to a tertiary facility if needed."
More than 1,500 staff will be employed at the hospital with 29,000 inpatients expected in the first full year, along with 60,000 emergency presentations and 102,000 outpatients.
"Watching the redevelopment of the precinct, to have this new public hospital front and centre of that revitalisation and now taking patients is something I'm very proud to have played a role in."