Local community to benefit from another major hospital expansion
Jun 30, 2017
Healthcare in the northern suburbs will be given a major boost with a further expansion of Joondalup Health Campus (JHC).
The WA Government and Ramsay Health Care (RHC) have co-signed a ‘Statement of Intent’ to deliver the expansion, with work to get under way to further develop the plan.
The plan will see the WA Government honour its $167 million election commitment to provide 90 additional public inpatient beds (on top of the existing 467) and between 25 and 30 new mental health beds (on top of the existing 47).
The expansion will also include the establishment of eight new operating theatres (up from 12), a six-bed stroke unit and an expanded ED capacity. Visitor and staff parking will also be increased.
During a visit to JHC to sign the Statement of Intent, the Premier said: "We are putting patients first in our northern suburbs, and delivering yet another election commitment, one that will not only provide an enormous benefit for them, but also for the WA Health system overall.”
Health Minister Roger Cook went on to say activity at JHC had increased significantly in recent years and while the hospital continued to perform extremely well, this expansion would allow for an even better health service with extra capacity.
"Last year, the Joondalup Health Campus Emergency Department had close to 100,000 presentations, making it one of the busiest EDs in the nation, a position it has held for some years now,” the Minister said. "It also performed around 30,750 surgical procedures last year - a 58 per cent increase over a five-year period.”
JHC Chief Executive Officer Kempton Cowan said he was looking forward to working with the WA Government to further improve services at Joondalup.
“We have a long standing partnership with the WA Government in what is often described as one of the most successful arrangements of its kind in Australia,” Mr Cowan said.
“Ramsay Health Care is looking forward to working closely with government on this latest expansion of Joondalup Health Campus to meet the growing needs of our local community and further improve services.”