THE tender has been awarded and building will soon begin on PlusLife’s new bone and tissue bank in Midland’s expanding health and medical precinct.
Announcing the construction go-ahead for builder PS Structures yesterday, Health Minister John Day said the Liberal National Government was proud to have contributed $10 million to secure the service’s future.
“PlusLife is Western Australia’s only bone and tissue bank and has changed thousands of lives around the State and across the nation,” he said.
“Since it began in 1992 as the Perth Bone and Tissue Bank Inc., more than 16,000 grafts have been provided to more than 9600 patients.
“Located adjacent to the new Midland hospital, PlusLife will be able to continue to provide essential bone and tissue transplants to patients with arthritic disease, sporting and traumatic injuries, spinal deformities and bone tumours.”
Planning Minister Donna Faragher recognised the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority’s role in supporting PlusLife’s relocation.
“The MRA has worked closely with PlusLife, leasing them the property that has made this exciting new project possible,” she said.
Two young bone graft recipients joined the ministers on site to thank PlusLife for its service to the community.
“Since it began, PlusLife’s value to the WA health sector has been costed at $28 million by independent consultants,” Mr Day said.
“This service saves the State from having to source bone graft tissue from interstate, allows for priority allocation of graft reserves for WA patients, and ensures the availability and timely provision of bone grafts for surgical treatments.”
The new facility is due for completion in December 2017.