Private hospital to get $2m revamp

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
St John of God Geraldton CEO Scott Daczko.
Camera IconSt John of God Geraldton CEO Scott Daczko. Credit: Tamra Carr, The Geraldton Guardian

Geraldton’s private hospital will undergo a $2 million revamp over the next six to 12 months, in what will be the first significant upgrade in about five years.

Work at St John of God Geraldton Hospital will include the installation of new air-conditioning units, a back-up power supply and new fire and electrical safety features and phone systems.

Money will also be spent on building maintenance, including roofing and guttering, as well as operating theatre equipment and free wi-fi for guests and patients.

“We realise we’re probably a bit behind the times with the free wi-fi,” hospital chief executive Scott Daczko said.

“But this is something that was raised with us through patient feedback.

“So we’ve listened and decided on this significant enhancement. Patients and guests should be able to access it in about two weeks (end of August).”

Mr Dackzo, who assumed the hospital chief role in March, said the renovations were designed to keep the hospital current, operational and meeting the latest health standards.

The hospital is largely looking to employ Geraldton contractors and suppliers to carry out the revamp, which is expected to start next month.

Geraldton’s public hospital is also in the midst of significant upgrades, following the State setting aside $73.3 million for the stage 1 redevelopment of Geraldton Health Campus and mental health services.

Construction at the site was supposed to begin next year, but has since been delayed until March 2021.

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