Great news to come out of Katanning with a new emergency department and outpatient facilities open at Katanning Health Services. This actually forms part of the biggest capital works program ever completed by WA Country Health Services, so yes...a huge boost many regions. The press release on this is shown as below:
"Agricultural Region MLC Darren West represented Health Minister Roger Cook today to officially open the main build component of the Katanning Health Service, which is undergoing a major redevelopment.
The redevelopment is part of a $300 million capital works program that is improving healthcare infrastructure in 37 towns across the Wheatbelt, Great Southern, Mid-West and South-West regions.
In the Great Southern, in addition to Katanning Health Service, Gnowangerup Health Service, Kojonup Health Service and Tambellup Health Clinic have already been upgraded.
Today’s opening at Katanning Health Service celebrated the completion of the new main entrance, emergency department, medical imaging and outpatient facilities.
Builders Cockram Constructions took possession of the building site in July 2016 and final completion of the project is expected in mid-2018. In the final stages of the redevelopment, surgical services and sterilising departments will be refurbished, a new laundry and morgue will be built, and staff car parking will be finished.
Improvements to infrastructure at Katanning Health Service have been complemented by an investment in digital and information systems. The introduction of a full coverage wireless network has supported the new nurse call and mobile duress systems to improve both patient and staff safety.
Staff will now be able to use an increased range of mobile technology, as Wi-Fi is available throughout the hospital also complementing the health service’s telephone capacity. The wireless networks will support the future use of mobile telehealth carts that will use innovation and advanced technology to bring medical specialists, based elsewhere, to the patient's bedside.
The health service has also received a revamped communication room with upgraded switching infrastructure and uninterrupted power supplies into brand new purpose-built ICT facility rooms that connect to emergency generators, meaning staff have more reliable and stable ICT systems that have the capacity to support new technology as it becomes available."
I for one of many am looking forward to checking this out. - Draker