07.11.2019 09:01 Age: 326 days

Upgrades celebrated with official openings in the Wheatbelt

The official party gather at the opening of the Mukinbudin Health Centre (top) and at the Narrogin Health Centre (below)

The hard work of our staff involved with redevelopments in the Wheatbelt has been celebrated recently with a series of official openings.

The $50m redeveloped Narrogin Health Service was the first of these official openings followed by the Merredin Health Service and Mukinbudin Health Centre.

The two and a half year build at Narrogin involved 220,000 construction hours bringing state-of-the-art health services to the local community.

The redevelopment at Narrogin means the local community now has access to a purpose-built facility with the convenience of a range of health services under one roof.

At the Merredin Health Service, the heritage façade of the Hospital, which originally opened in the 1930s, was retained as part of the $23.8 million redevelopment.

The new ambulatory care building within the Merredin Health Service means that all of the health services, including public health and mental health, are now conveniently located under one roof.

The new $3.7 million Mukinbudin Health Centre offers increased space and flexibility for visiting health professionals who can utilise three multipurpose consult rooms and a treatment room, all of which are telehealth enabled.

Acting Wheatbelt Regional Director Marie Baxter said the openings were a great opportunity to showcase the upgraded facilities at these sites.

“We have also used these occasions to pay tribute to all of the WACHS staff involved in these projects.” 

Marie said the support, cooperation and understanding they displayed throughout the construction and transition process at each of these sites was acknowledged and celebrated at each of the opening events.

 “The openings have been a great opportunity to showcase the changing face and modernised approach of our health services in the Wheatbelt,” said Marie. 

The upgrades and construction are part of a $1.5 billion infrastructure modernisation program being delivered by the WA Country Health Service (WACHS) to improve health services across regional Western Australia.