Maternity, birthing, and neonatal services to be expanded in Bunbury

  • Bunbury Regional Hospital redevelopment to include new maternity, birthing, and neonatal services
  • The redevelopment includes an expanded emergency department, increased operating theatre capacity, additional beds, and new clinical equipment
  • Bunbury Hospital will be the biggest health campus in regional WA with modernised equipment and state-of-the-art training facilities to benefit patients and staff
  • McGowan Government delivering a key election commitment to meet the health needs of South-West communities
  • Bunbury Regional Hospital redevelopment will now include a new maternity, birthing, and neonatal service, bringing the total redevelopment of the hospital to $277.9 million.

    An additional $77.8 million has been invested in the redevelopment, as part of the Mid-year Review, to expand the maternity, birthing, and neonatal services at the hospital, and facilitate global building cost pressures.

    The South-West region has a growing population and the new maternity, birthing and neonatal unit will allow more babies to be born closer to home at the Bunbury Regional Hospital.

    Birthing suites will be expanded to include three additional delivery rooms and there will be twice as many maternity inpatient beds (from 10 to 20) and additional neonatal cots. 

    The new suites will expand capacity for women and newborns at the hospital, bringing care closer to home.

    The hospital will be well equipped to manage moderate to high-risk emergencies, reducing the number of transfers to metropolitan hospitals.

    Once complete, the redeveloped Bunbury Regional Hospital will deliver additional beds, an expanded emergency department, increased operating theatre capacity, new clinical equipment mental health facilities, plus Western Australia’s first regional training, education and research centre, and a boost to digital capability.

    As stated by Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:

    “This project is a priority, and the expansion will include new maternity, birthing and neonatal services, meaning more women can birth at Bunbury Regional Hospital.

    “Bunbury Regional Hospital is regional Western Australia’s busiest hospital so it’s important they have access to a facility that meets the future needs of the community.”

    As stated by Bunbury MLA Don Punch:

    “I’m excited to see this incredible project progress for the people of Bunbury.

    “The McGowan Government has already delivered 200 additional parking bays and an off-site allied health facility, has committed to an expanded emergency department and increased theatre capacity, and now is making this project even better for our local community by including expanded maternity, birthing, and neonatal services.

    “This is a fantastic outcome for women and families in the South-West.”

    As stated by Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns:

    “The redeveloped Bunbury Regional Hospital will be highly valued by our community and the greater South-West community.

    “I look forward to seeing this project progress and seeing the benefits of the expanded maternity, birthing and neonatal services to women and families in the region.”

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