Completed project - Karratha Health Campus

The $173 million Karratha Health Campus is the biggest investment in a public hospital ever undertaken in regional WA. It has an expanded emergency department, a new CT scanner, a brand new surgical centre, new delivery suites and maternity wing, world-class Telehealth services, new and expanded outpatients and essential services such as child health and medical imaging, all under one roof.

Opening Hours

Opening Hours 8am - 4pm

Emergency 24 hours

Visiting Hours - Inpatient and Maternity Wards 11am - 1pm and 3pm - 8pm

Karratha Health Campus, 62 Balmoral Road, Karratha WA 6714

The $173 million Karratha Health Campus (KHC) has been built in the town’s centre and replaces Nickol Bay Hospital which has now closed forever.

KHC is the largest health infrastructure investment in regional WA’s history and heralds a new era in healthcare facility design for the Pilbara region.

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Karratha Health Campus layout
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Improved facilities

Well-equipped health facilities are grouped together under one roof bringing care closer to home for the local community.

Upgrades include:

  • A new 40-bed facility with significantly expanded emergency department.
  • New CT scanner, surgical ward, maternity wing and delivery suites.
  • Expanded facilities for outpatients and essential services such as child health and medical imaging, brought together in a single health care hub.
  • World-class telehealth services
  • Helipad

In addition to outstanding emergency and hospital care, the new Karratha Health Campus provides a comprehensive 'one-stop shop' for the delivery of integrated health services including physiotherapy, speech therapy, counselling, community health nursing and community mental health.

Karratha Health Campus will also provide valuable support to smaller regional hospitals including Roebourne, Tom Price, Paraburdoo and Onslow.

First baby born at KHC Nicholas Augustat pictured with mum Wanwasa and midwife Heidi Wieland
CT scanner
Helicopter landing at Karratha Health Campus
Inside the new campus
Maternity room at Karratha Health Campus

Did you know?

Fun facts about Karratha Health Campus:

  • More than 500,000 hours were put into building the new campus
  • The state-of-the-art kitchen can produce up to 60 meals a day
  • The laundry can handle the equivalent of more than 230 average weekly household washes
  • Around 70% of the workforce lived in Karratha during the build
  • 54 specially purchased pieces of art adorn the walls
  • Karratha is an Aboriginal word meaning 'good country' or 'soft earth'
  • More than 22,000 pieces of equipment, furniture and fittings have been installed at the new campus

Working in partnership

The Karratha Health Campus is a collaborative partnership between a number of agencies working together to deliver a world-class health facility.

These include:

Frequently asked questions

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Why does Karratha need the new hospital?

The mining construction expansion over the last 10 years has seen a change in demographics and population growth in Karratha which has become a vibrant regional hub. The new Karratha Health Campus (KHC) will provide the people of Karratha with a state-of-the-art facility to deliver health care closer to home. 

Karratha Health Campus will replace the ageing Nickol Bay Hospital (NBH) – commissioned 35 years ago - and the Warambie community and population health centre. 

It will provide a one-stop-shop for health care bringing a range of services together under one roof.

Facilities will be modernised with a significantly expanded emergency department and improved emergency response capacity with adjacent helipad, brand new surgical centre, maternity wing and birthing suites. 

Population health, community mental health and comprehensive outpatients services will be co-located under one roof.

Like Nickol Bay Hospital, the new campus has been designed to withstand the extreme climate and conditions of the Pilbara region.

By locating the new campus in the town centre, it will contribute to the revitalisation of the town, further support the growth of Karratha as a vibrant regional hub and make the region attractive to health professionals as a place to work and live.

What will the new facility have?

Well-equipped health facilities will be grouped together under one roof bringing care closer to home for the local community.

The campus will have a range of state-of-the-art equipment including:

  • A new 64 slice CT scanner.
  • Improved maternity wing and birthing suites with ensuite shower rooms, family zones and baths to assist pain relief in labour.
  • Six maternity inpatient rooms with built-in baby baths and a family room close to the birthing suites for family members to gather.
  • Telehealth services and new videoconferencing facilities – including Emergency Telehealth Services - which will link local medical staff and patients to WA’s leading emergency and specialist practitioners at other hospitals if needed.
  • A new surgical centre.
  • Patient Entertainment Systems giving patients access to basic health and hospital information as well as a range of entertainment options.

What equipment will be transferred from Nickol Bay Hospital to Karratha Health Campus?

A huge amount of detail goes in to sourcing the right equipment for a new hospital.

Karratha Health Campus staff and patients will benefit from some of the world’s most modern healthcare equipment.

More than 22,000 individual pieces of furniture, fittings and equipment will be moved into the campus as existing manually operated equipment is replaced with the latest electric models, improving patient comfort and safety and reducing risk of injury to staff.

While the majority of equipment will be new, existing models which meet required standards will be transferred to the campus. 

Any GP rooms included?

There will be no GP specific rooms.  However, consulting rooms will be available for resident and visiting specialists and doctors providing services at the new campus.

When will the new hospital be completed and open to patients?                 

The new Karratha Health Campus will open at 8am on Wednesday September 19.  Nickol Bay Hospital will close at this time.

What will happen to Nickol Bay Hospital when the new campus is complete?

The building will be decommissioned and secured pending a Government decision on the disposal of the site.

How many local contractors have been engaged on the project?

As at 23 August 2017 - Almost 700 people were inducted to the site with between 140 to 160 contractors on site each day (approximately 80% of these were locally based).

Why spend money on public art when it could be spent on new equipment or other important health services?

Artwork helps to humanise the hospital environment and create a sense of cultural and community identity.  Hospitals can sometimes involve long periods of waiting and peaceful, calm colours can help reduce stress and anxiety.

Artwork is also used as wayfinding to help people navigate around a new hospital.

Community consultation was held with local Aboriginals and Elders to ensure designs, landscaping and colours were culturally appropriate for the new campus.

A number of public artworks were secured from artists with connections to the Pilbara region.  The art was sourced from the Cossack Art Awards Exhibition and the Colours of Country exhibition.

It is Government Policy to allocate up to 1% of total construction costs on major building projects to the acquisition of public art.

What colours were chosen for the new campus?

The campus boasts artistic flair inspired by the local flora, in particular the native colours of wattle and senna glutinosa plants.  Green, silver, blue and gold accents will be used internally and externally.

Are there sufficient car parking bays?

Yes.  Staff and patient car usage has been analysed and a recommended number of bays has been agreed with room for future expansion.

Will there be a café and ATM at the new campus?

Given the location close to the Karratha city centre, there will be no dedicated café located within the Karratha Health Campus. A number of facilities are available within a short walk from the campus.  There are no plans for an ATM.

Given the number of mobile phone blackspots (dead zones where mobile phones cannot be used) in the current hospital and other recently built statewide facilities, has this been considered in the design of KHC?

This has been an important design factor in the design of KHC and a lesson learned from other projects.  A distributed antennae system will be installed throughout the new building to ensure continuous mobile phone coverage.

Will there be free WiFi?

There will be no free public WiFi however, patients will have access to the internet via the bedside Patient Entertainment System which will also provide access to various entertainment options including free-to-air TV, local radio and a range of local content such as healthcare and regional information.

What will be happening to the transportable buildings on the NBH site?

There are a number of options for the re-use of the buildings with no decision made at this time.

Photo gallery

Take a look inside the Karratha Health Campus in photos. Click on each image to enlarge.

ED isolation room
New medical students
Colourful screening
Artwork is a key feature
CT scanner
Karratha laundry
Inside the main reception
Stairwell art by Leanne Bray
First baby born
PANDA cots in nursery
Maternity room
Whale frosting on glass
Inpatients nursing station
Ambulance entry artwork
Patient Entertainment System
Speech pathology session



20 September 2018

First patients welcomed to new Karratha Health Campus WACHS

4 September 2018

Karratha Health Campus set to open WACHS

15 August 2018

Trainee 'pilot' gives thumbs up to successful helipad test WACHS

10 August 2018

Artists canvassed for special tour WACHS

13 March 2018

Karratha residents to leave their mark on new health campus WACHS

11 December 2017

A year in the making at Karratha Health Campus WACHS
16 November 2017 Art for health's sake WACHS
9 November 2017 Birth of new maternity facility at Karratha Health Campus WACHS
24 October 2017 Pilbara in the spotlight during WACHS Board visit WACHS
23 August 2017 Bird's-eye-view of Karratha Health Campus WACHS
23 August 2017 A new dimension to Karratha Health Campus (external website) Media Statements
23 August 2017 CT scanner to bring cutting edge technology to Karratha, cut travel (external website) Media Statements
14 June 2017 Councillors tour Karratha Health Campus WACHS
13 April 2017 Stunning time lapse video of Karratha Health Campus construction WACHS Media Statement
14 December 2016 Milestone for Karratha Health Campus and jobs (external website) Media Statements
2 June 2016 Foundations laid for Karratha’s new hospital (external website) Media Statements
5 August 2015 Landmark investment for Karratha (external website) Media Statements
29 April 2015 Landmark new hospital for Pilbara now closer (external website) Media Statements
30 July 2014 $207m Karratha Health Campus under way (external website) Media Statements
25 May 2012 $57.15million Royalties for Regions funding increase for new Karratha Health Campus (external website) Media Statements

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