12/01/2022 - 15:38

Bethesda seeks to expand mental health hospital

12/01/2022 - 15:38

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Bethesda’s $60m Cockburn facility to grow to 75 beds.

Bethesda seeks to expand mental health hospital
Bethesda's planned Cockburn mental health facility.

Bethesda Health Care has revealed plans for the second stage of its Cockburn mental health facility, with an additional 30 beds planned for the $60 million hospital.

The private health care provider, which is part way through building the 45-bed first stage of its Cockburn hospital, has submitted plans to the City of Cockburn to expand the facility, known as Bethesda Clinic.  

The council has recommended a Joint Development Assessment Panel approves the application, which includes 30 individual bedrooms with ensuites, 14 consulting rooms, two recovery rooms, longue and waiting areas.

Bethesda appointed Broad Construction to build both stages of the project, with stage one set to be complete by August 2022.

Bethesda chief executive Neale Fong said the company has progressed stage two “due to the increasing demand for mental health services and the known and expected demand for services in the southern suburbs”.

“This is a sad but real issue,” he said.

“Bethesda has also progressed very deeply its work with Velrada and Microsoft to launch a unique digital platform to transform the patient’s journey in the mental health system.”

Dexus Healthcare Property Fund conditionally acquired a 100 per cent interest in the clinic, on a ‘fund-through’ basis.

The project has an estimated completion value of $60 million, with the proposed second stage to cost about $14.5 million to build.

Subiaco-based architects Silver Thomas Hanley designed the facility.

The healthcare provider will lease the facility for 20 years once the centre is open, flagged for September this year.

Former Premier Colin Barnett is on the board of directors for Bethesda.

A JDAP meeting for the proposal is scheduled for Friday January 21.

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