Karratha Health Campus nears completion

Tom ZaunmayrPilbara News
VideoFlyover of Karratha's $207.15m health campus, due to open late 2018.

Karratha’s $207.15 million health campus is just one month away from practical completion, with an opening mooted for spring this year.

WA Health Minister Roger Cook toured the facility today to get a glimpse inside the most expensive public hospital ever built in regional WA.

Mr Cook said the building was a “stunning” space to provide care to patients.

“More than 500,000 hours have been worked on the site since construction began with around 100 workers on site each day,” he said.

The new campus features an expanded emergency department and a new surgical centre, maternity wing, delivery suites and medical imaging suites.

A helipad on site will enable helicopter access for patients from remote locations, and allows emergency evacuation of patients needing urgent transport to Perth.

Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said telehealth services in the building would further expand local healthcare services.

"Technology plays a huge part in modern day healthcare, bridging the challenge of distance,” he said.

“More than 480 patients attended telehealth appointments in the last year and it is expected the additional telehealth equipment in Karratha will enable many more local people to 'meet' with their specialists here, without having to travel to Hedland or Perth.”

More to come.

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