A NEARLY $2 million upgrade at Kalamunda District Community Hospital will start next year.
Health Minister John Day said the announcement was a “well-deserved early Christmas present for a hospital that has been a fundamental part of Kalamunda and the Perth Hills for more than 40 years”.
He said the State Government was determined to see the hospital continue providing community care.
“These works will help future-proof the 43-bed hospital, with long-term benefits for patients and staff,” he said.
Upgrades will include:
n New airconditioning for half the building;
n Improving main reception accessibility;
n Replacing roof, gutters and flashings; and
n New passive fire barriers to comply with Building Code.
Mr Day praised long-serving nurse Jill Pratley, who works in the hospital’s palliative care program and notched up 35 years of care at Kalamunda.
“Jill’s service embodies our commitment to deliver quality care to patients as close to home as possible,” he said.
Mr Day said an increase in palliative care beds at the hospital was being examined.