03/05/2022 - 11:52

ICU expansion pledged for Nedlands hospital

03/05/2022 - 11:52

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Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital will receive a $16.7 million intensive care unit expansion as part of the state government’s bid to alleviate pressure on the health system.

ICU expansion pledged for Nedlands hospital
The state government announced it would expand ICU capacity at the hospital. Photo: David Henry

Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital will receive a $16.7 million intensive care unit expansion as part of the state government’s bid to alleviate pressure on the health system. 

The investment forms part of an additional $223.4 million set aside for health infrastructure in the state government's 2022 - 2023 budget, due to be handed down later this month. 

It comes after the implementation of new ministerial taskforce, announced yesterday, to oversee the distribution of $252 million to address issues within the state’s emergency departments and ambulance ramping.

The taskforce, chaired by Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson, will oversee the implementation of 17 initiatives designed to improve patient flow, divert emergency presentations and reduce pressure on the state’s emergency departments.

Speaking at the Nedlands hospital this morning, Premier Mark McGowan said building a new pod would mark a 25 per cent expansion at the hospital’s intensive care capacity.  

“There’s going to be a new 10 bed intensive care unit pod inside the hospital,” Mr McGowan said.

“That will mean a 25 per cent expansion in the intensive care capacity to meet the needs of people who need those services at the most dire of times."

There are currently 30 intensive care unit beds at Sir Charles Gairdner, with the planned expansion to take the total to 40.

He said the new pod, estimated to cost $16.7 million, would include state of the art negative pressure rooms.

The new funding also includes a $44 million increase to the Medical Equipment and Imaging Replacement Program, $38.1 million a new digital medical record rollout across five hospitals,  and $7.6 million for refurbishment works within the Neurological Intervention and Imaging Service of Western Australia unit at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Speaking at the Nedlands hospital this morning, the Health Minister said emergency departments had been a point of pressure.

She acknowledged that adding more beds was not a simple fix to WA’s health system.

“I think some of the commentary around beds being the answer is a simplistic approach to take to the this issue,” the Minister said.

“We’re also doing the hard work in the back end which is a systemic change in the system.”

 

 

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