The new 307-bed Midland Public Hospital has reached an important milestone - now 30 per cent complete - less than a year after the start of construction.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the hospital was on time and on budget, and was the first major hospital facility to be built in the Midland area in more than 50 years.
Dr Hames inspected the construction work today. The southern clinical block has reached full height, while the northern (ward) block structure has reached the second of five storeys.
Celebrating the milestone over morning tea with workers on the project, the Minister said the hospital was a key part of the State Government’s $7b hospital building program, the biggest in Western Australia’s history.
“Construction began in August 2012 and already the structure of the clinical block has been completed while work on the northern block has made significant headway,” Dr Hames said.
“The clinical block will house departments such as emergency, radiology, outpatients, allied health, operating theatres and mental health, which will offer increased capacity compared with Swan District Hospital which currently cares for public patients from Midland and surrounding areas.
The State Government is in partnership with St John of God Health Care to design, build and operate the Midland Public Hospital which will deliver free public health care to around 29,000 inpatients a year when it opens in late 2015.
St John of God Health Care is also building a private hospital which will be integrated with the public hospital to increase health care options for the patients in the region.
“Once opened, many more residents of Perth’s north-eastern corridor and parts of the Wheatbelt will be able to be treated closer to home with more beds, a much larger emergency department, and through the introduction of new services such as chemotherapy, high dependency care and coronary care,” the Minister said.
“Overall, the State Government is investing $7b in building, expanding or refurbishing hospitals across regional and metropolitan WA. This includes Fiona Stanley Public Hospital, the new children’s hospital and Midland Public Hospital. These hospitals will lead the way in delivering outstanding health care for West Australians for decades to come.”
For more information visit the Midland Public Hospital website.