Finishing touches put on hospital

Fiona Stanley Hospital is 90 per cent complete.
Fiona Stanley Hospital is 90 per cent complete.

The majority of effort is now focused on commissioning, testing and inspecting the works, including the testing of all four on-site generators and the hyperbaric chamber.

Health Minister Kim Hames said the $2 billion hospital would provide emergency care to more than 88,000 patients a year when it opened.

Dr Hames said the hospital was ‘on budget’ to start taking patients in October 2014 as part of a staged commissioning process.

More than $32 million of advanced medical equipment would be installed over coming months.

‘In a first for WA, the Fiona Stanley Hospital emergency department will separate adult and paediatric patients,’ he said.

‘Sick children and their families will have their own entrance, waiting room and clinical area, closely linked to the paediatric ward,’ he said.

Dr Hames also announced that emergency physician and toxicologist Dr Mark Monaghan would be the new head of emergency at Fiona Stanley Hospital.

‘Dr Monaghan is currently co-director of emergency at Fremantle Hospital and is the clinical lead for emergency access targets in WA, making him highly-qualified for taking on this critical role,’ he said.