21st century hospital and health care for Onslow

by WA Government News | Dec 09, 2014
  • New hospital includes expanded three-bay emergency department and six-bed inpatient unit
  • One-stop centre for Onslow’s key health services
  • $41.8m facility with $22 million from Chevron Australia and $19.8 million from the State Government through Royalties for Regions
  • Work is expected to start on the project in 2016 with completion scheduled for 2018 
The growing Pilbara town of Onslow will benefit from a new hospital bringing major health services under one roof and providing purpose-built rooms for a range of specialists and services.
Premier and State Development Minister Colin Barnett today announced the $41.8 million Onslow Hospital and health service redevelopment would transform local health care with an improved and expanded emergency department, modern inpatient rooms, better access to specialists via Telehealth video-conferencing and a secure mental health assessment room.
“The population of Onslow is set to grow to almost 2,000 by 2022, as a result of nearby resources developments, and the State Government is committed to providing outstanding health care for local residents,” Mr Barnett said.
“Chevron Australia is contributing $22 million towards the health services upgrade, as part of its $250 million commitment to infrastructure improvements in Onslow as it builds the nearby Wheatstone liquefied natural gas project.”
Work is expected to begin in 2016 and the hospital is due to be finished in 2018.
Health Minister Kim Hames said the Onslow Hospital would replace the almost 50-year-old existing hospital and create a one-stop local health services ‘hub’ bringing together aged care, community mental health, allied health, preventative health and dental services.
“The project will be a 21st century ‘new for old’ redevelopment, giving the Onslow community  modern treatment bays, ICT and Telehealth technologies, medical imaging, design and inpatient facilities,” Dr Hames said.
“The building will also include a purpose-built space for consultation rooms as part of the package of incentives the State is providing to private medical services providers to set up practices in regional towns.”
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the upgrade was part of the $161 million Royalties for Regions North West Health Initiative that is working to cater for expanding populations in the north of the State.
“Improvements to health infrastructure and service delivery will enable more patients to be treated regionally, creating community satisfaction and building sustainability in the region,” Mr Redman said.
       Fact File
  • The existing Onslow Hospital was built in 1965
  • The new hospital will be built next to the existing hospital with little or no disruption to patient service delivery
  • The North West Health Initiative is a five-year blueprint to bring state-of-the-art medical facilities to some of the region’s most rapidly growing towns
  • The new hospital is part of the State Government’s bigger picture in health 

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