THE prayers of those who placed expansion of Peel Health Campus at the top of their State Budget wish list have been answered with an initial $4.4 million funding boost announced today.
The need for extra services has been hotly debated in recent months with calls for carpark upgrades, expansion of the emergency department and a dedicated ward for children.
The funding injection will provide immediate upgrades to the carparking facilities for visitors and staff and increase overall security and safety through an upgrade of the CCTV system and lock-down capability.
The investment will also support a proactive program to improve the hospital’s assets and facilities.
February’s Interim Report of the Sustainable Health Review (SHR) highlighted the Peel region as a pressure point and the review will inform the needs of the hospital going forward.
Health Minister Roger Cook said that while the SHR and departmental analysis were undertaken, the investment recognised the importance the State Government placed on the hospital.
He said discussion with Ramsay Health Care would continue and costings sought for an expansion of the emergency department.
Health Minister Roger Cook said the future of Peel Health Campus as a quality hospital was vital to ensure a high standard of services to patients now and into the future.
He said the investment represented the Government’s commitment to the people of the Peel region in having access to an essential and reliable health service close to home.
Under the previous Government, Ramsay Health Care was awarded a five year extension of the Peel Health Campus Health Service Agreement to August 2023.
Mandurah MLA David Templeman said the health needs of Peel required a commitment from both State and Federal Governments.
“I’m pleased this is the first time in eight-and-a-half year that Peel Health Campus has received any funding commitment,’’ he said.
“The $4.4 million commitment is allocated for important upgrades and I am particularly pleased negotiations with Ramsay Health will determine the scope and costings for an expansion of the emergency department.’’
Mr Templeman said he would now advocate for additional funding to address the medium and longer term issues facing the hospital and call on the Federal Government and Federal Labor Opposition to contribute to a comprehensive expansion plan for the hospital.