New era in Wheatbelt health care

Daryna ZadvirnaNarrogin Observer
MLC Darren West led the opening and was joined by WACHS regional director Sean Conlan and board member Mary Anne Stephens, who also gave speeches.
Camera IconMLC Darren West led the opening and was joined by WACHS regional director Sean Conlan and board member Mary Anne Stephens, who also gave speeches. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

The $50 million redevelopment of the Narrogin Health Service was officially opened and showcased to the public last week.

Agricultural Region MLC Darren West, who came on the behalf of Health Minister Roger Cook, led the opening and said the project was part of a $1.5 billion infrastructure modernisation program to improve health services across regional WA.

“This is a health service that our local community can be proud of for generations to come — a facility for the future showcasing cutting-edge design and technology,” he said.

Mr West was joined by WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt regional director Sean Conlan and board member Mary Anne Stephens, who also gave speeches.

Inpatient ward nurses with a brand new hospital bariatric bed.
Camera IconInpatient ward nurses with a brand new hospital bariatric bed. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

The redevelopment included the addition of high-end technology, along with new infrastructure and improved patient systems.

This included 15 new telehealth-enabled consultation rooms to provide access to a “virtual” specialist workforce as well as two new purpose-built theatre suites to provide surgical services.

Other features included a new outpatient building and inpatient ward, two new birthing suites, sterilising department, new dental and chemotherapy services and a PathWest Laboratory Collection Centre.

Dental ward staff Madira Gunatilaka and Diane Mincham.
Camera IconDental ward staff Madira Gunatilaka and Diane Mincham.

Narrogin Health Service redevelopment project officer Sheldon Paice said the project was completed in stages to ensure minimal disruption.

“The redevelopment was delivered over a two and a half year construction program,” Mr Paice said.

“It was certainly challenging to keep all our services operating over that construction time, but it was a great collaborative effort from all the staff here.”

Pathology staff Leanne Negus, Briar Blagrove, Sharon Ackerman and Courtney Saunders.
Camera IconPathology staff Leanne Negus, Briar Blagrove, Sharon Ackerman and Courtney Saunders.

Mr Cook said the Narrogin Health Service redevelopment would help to improve the delivery of healthcare for regional towns.

"Projects such as this impressive $50 million facility are vital components in the complex network of services we deliver as we strive to ensure our country communities continue to thrive,” he said.

“These state-of-the-art facilities and equipment means Wheatbelt families will receive top-quality health care that is closer to home and to their loved ones.”

The opening of the redeveloped Narrogin Health Service.
Camera IconThe opening of the redeveloped Narrogin Health Service. Credit: Daryna Zadvirna

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