THE State Government has unveiled plans for a rehabilitation unit and neonatal nursery at Osborne Park Hospital.
Premier Mark McGowan visited the Stirling hospital today to announce tenders had opened to contractors for the $24.9 million redevelopment.
The project will include a neonatal nursery, rehabilitation unit with an additional 10 beds and major expansion of the therapy hub.
According to the government, the higher level of care provided at the nursery will reduce the need for babies requiring specialist care to be transferred to King Edward Memorial Hospital or Perth Children’s Hospital.
Mr McGowan said it was important to upgrade maternity services so “more people can access care closer to home”.
The therapy hub is touted as the first of its kind in the northern suburbs and will give access to a range of allied health and medical staff offering inpatient, outpatient and day therapy services.
Balcatta MLA David Michael said about 1500 patients received rehabilitation treatment at the existing facility.
The project is jointly funded by the State and Federal governments, with WA contributing $14.3 million.
Construction is expected to finish in late 2021.