Karratha Health Campus

The $207.15 million Karratha Health Campus will be the biggest investment in a public hospital ever undertaken in regional WA. It will have an expanded emergency department, 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.

An artist impression of the new Karratha Health Campus

State-of-the-art campus is taking shape

The $207.15 million Karratha Health Campus is being built in the town’s centre and will replace the ageing Nickol Bay Hospital.

When it opens in 2018, the KHC will become the largest health infrastructure investment in regional WA’s history and will herald a new era in healthcare facility design for the Pilbara region.

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Improved facilities

Well-equipped health facilities will be 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 will provide 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.

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 be open to patients in late 2018.

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 have been inducted to the site and between 140 to 160 contractors are on site each day (approximately 80% of these are 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 have already been 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 will boast 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.

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For more information on the Karratha Health Campus contact the project team on 9174 1600.

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