Win for Warracknabeal hospital
Regional health leaders are confident the next stage of redevelopment work on Warracknabeal Hospital will start within six months and be finished in two years.
The Federal Government has committed $8.8-million in the 2012-2013 Federal Budget for the Rural Northwest Health project which started seven years ago.
The announcement last week that the health service’s latest application for money to complete stage two of the Warracknabeal campus had been successful represented the culmination of years of planning, negotiation and lobbying.
Contractors completed the first stage of the redevelopment project at the hospital, Rural Northwest Health’s main campus, in 2008. The health service drew up its project master plan in 2005.
Chief executive Catherine Morley said completion of stage two of the project would allow ‘an integrated campus of all services at Rural Northwest Health’ major campus Warracknabeal.’
“This integration will provide support for acute, urgent care, slow-stream rehabilitation, residential and community aged-care services, and community and primary-care services to be provided under one roof and the opportunity for the community to access a one-stop shop,” she said.
Ms Morley said an ability to run an ‘integrated’ service would allow for –
• Full range of health services – from health promotion, illness prevention and management, treatment of illness or injury, care for the aged and end-of-life care.
• Coordinated health services providing a single point of contact for the community.
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Posted on May 17 2012