Upgrades to the emergency department at Peel Health Campus will recommence this month after being paused as part of the State’s COVID-19 pandemic preparations.
Construction work on the emergency department is part of a $10 million funding commitment for Peel Health Campus by the McGowan Government. Other improvements include an expanded car park, overhauled nurse call system and increased security.
Residents in the Peel region will benefit from the upgraded emergency department, which will assist with patient flow, enhance patient confidentiality and privacy, and improve overall patient comfort and satisfaction.
The expansion includes:
- a new fast-track area to improve patient triage;
- new holding bays designed for more privacy for patients awaiting inpatient admission;
- reconfiguration of the existing triage area to facilitate early senior medical review and to improve patient privacy and comfort;
- redesign of the emergency department waiting room; and
- additional beds to the short-stay unit to further streamline patient flow from the emergency department.
The building work will be carried out by Western Australian business, Devlyn Construction. An estimated 100 subcontractors, including subcontractors from the Peel region, are expected to be employed on the project.
The upgrades are expected to be completed early next year.
As stated by Health Minister Roger Cook:
“The significant improvement in the COVID-19 situation in Western Australia means it is now appropriate for this project to commence.
“This expansion and upgrade of the emergency department will ensure the Peel Health Campus can continue to deliver hospital services to the Peel region and is able to respond to the needs of the growing local community.
“The project is also providing work for the civil and building construction industries, which will help boost the local economy which is an important step in WA’s recovery from COVID-19.”
As stated by Mandurah MLA David Templeman:
“These works were suspended as a precautionary measure, which was in the best interests of patients and local residents, but it is now appropriate for the work to go ahead.
“This means people in Peel will soon have access to a state-of-the-art emergency department with the ability to improve patient flow.”
As stated by Murray-Wellington MLA Robyn Clarke:
“This project will significantly improve the emergency department for people living in this district.
“COVID-19 has had many effects on projects across Western Australia and the McGowan Government has prioritised giving the go-ahead on this important upgrade to Peel Health Campus.”