WA Health Minister Roger Cook officially opened the York and Goomalling health services which have undergone redevelopments.
The redevelopments are part of a $300 million capital works program that is improving capital infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions. In the Wheatbelt region, the Merredin, Narrogin and Northam hospitals are being redeveloped, as well as upgrades to 23 small hospitals and health centres across the region.
The York Health Service now has emergency department access to the Emergency Telehealth Service, a new ambulance entry and triage room, two multipurpose consultation rooms and a telehealth consulting room. Included in the upgrades are new toilets, a larger waiting room, a new staff station and upgraded kitchen.
The Goomalling Health Service redevelopment includes an extension to the emergency department that includes a resuscitation bay and a dedicated triage room – both with access to telehealth services and a new treatment bay. There is also a new telehealth-enabled consultation room, improved security for staff and patients, and a refurbished kitchen.
Complementing the capital works, York and Goomalling health services have benefited from investment in digital and information systems including the installation of electronic referral systems; the installation of WebPAS patient administration systems; and progressively increasing the Wi-Fi footprint of both facilities, enabling the health services to increase capacity for inpatient telehealth and the Emergency Telehealth System for country patients.
Other small hospital refurbishments completed recently in the Wheatbelt region include Southern Cross Health Service, Dalwallinu Health Service, Jurien Bay Health Centre, Moora Health Service, Boddington Health Service, Kununoppin Health Service, Wyalkatchem-Koorda Health Service, Wongan Hills Health Service, Bruce Rock Memorial Health Service and Kellerberrin Memorial Health Service.
Source: WA Government