WORK is progressing on the $42 million redevelopment of Northam Health Service.
WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt regional director Sean Conlan said investment in health facilities in regional areas was important and helped residents receive treatment closer to home.
“Upgrades will include a refurbished and expanded emergency department, a modified ambulance bay, expanded surgical and sterilising departments and new renal services,” he said.
“Other additions and improvements include expansions to chemotherapy services and the inpatient unit, a new hospital entrance, specialist consulting rooms, an upgraded kitchen and a new centre for child health, mental health and occupational therapy services.”
Construction started includes the concrete ground slab, structural steel work, in-ground services, stormwater drainage and retaining walls.
Work has been completed on the upgraded supply area and the rear carpark and road works.
A temporary kitchen and meeting rooms have been installed allowing work to start on the kitchen refurbishment and expansion of the surgical department.
The Northam Health Service redevelopment is part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative’s $300 million capital works program to improve infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Midwest and South West regions.
In the Wheatbelt, the Merredin, Northam and Narrogin hospitals are being redeveloped as well as upgrades to 23 small hospitals and health centres across the region.