The Western Australian government is set to provide $34.9 million in funding for the redevelopment of health services in a key north-west region.
Carnarvon Health Campus (CHC) and the Exmouth Multipurpose Service (EMPS) – both located in the Gascoyne region – will share in $29.12 million as part of the state government's Royalties for Regions program, while Western Australia Country Health Service will provide an additional $6 million.
According to health minister Kim Hames, the sites will receive new ambulatory health care and dental facilities, as well as improved public access and upgraded IT infrastructure for e-Health.
"The CHC will also get more parking, a refurbished emergency department to include a four-chair renal service and expanded pharmacy storage and ancillary areas," he added today (July 6).
Whilst the state government's latest announcement may be able to benefit public patients in the Gascoyne region, residents with private health insurance will still enjoy the flexibility of shorter treatment times and access to a doctor of their own choosing by attending a private hospital that is close to them.
The EMPS is due to be completed by November 2014 while the CHC is due to be completed by February 2015.