The long-awaited redevelopment of the Collie Health Service is now a step closer following the announcement Bunbury builder Perkins WA has been selected to complete the next stage of the $14.7 million revamp.
The multi-million-dollar project will include upgrades to the operating theatre complex, patient recovery bays, consult rooms, telehealth rooms, reception and waiting room.
Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson made the announcement on Tuesday, highlighting Perkins’ knowledge of the South West and the need for regional residents to have access to “quality health care close to home”.
“This tender being awarded is great progress for the redevelopment, bringing Collie locals and visitors alike closer to a more modern and fit-for-purpose health service,” Ms Sanderson said.
The announcement follows the completion of preliminary works last year, which saw a portion of the existing facility refurbished into four purpose-built consulting rooms for outpatient services.
In the next stage of works, Perkins will also complete critical infrastructure upgrades to the hospital’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems, electrical systems, carpark lighting and hot-water systems.
The redevelopment is on track for completion in late 2023.
Collie Shire deputy president Ian Miffling said he was “delighted” the tender for the upgrades had been announced.
“The new theatre complex and its ancillary surrounds will be most welcomed by the public and our health professionals, more particularly our hard working doctors and nurses who have waited quite some time for this to happen,” Cr Miffling said.
“To have a local builder from the South West is an added bonus as they know the Collie scene particularly well.
“When completed it is hoped that up-to-date and modern facilities will attract more specialist services using our Collie Hospital.”
Collie-Preston MLA Jodie Hanns said the investment in the Collie community’s health system would have flow on effects beyond the patients and staff, by helping to create local jobs.
“I am eager to see the upgrades to the operating theatre complex and for the community to reap the benefits of the completed redevelopment toward the end of next year,” Ms Hanns said.