Upgrades to Geraldton Health Campus delayed due to pandemic and cyclone Seroja, says local MP

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
Geraldton Health Campus
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The Geraldton Health Campus redevelopment has been delayed for a second time, with works now not expected to be finished until 2024.

With a budget of $73.3 million, plans include an expanded emergency department, intensive care unit, new mental health service, and a short-stay unit.

The McGowan Government initially said the redevelopment would be complete by 2022, but last week confirmed works on the emergency department and integrated mental health unit now had an end date of 2023.

Works in intensive care and expanded high-dependency have also been pushed back until 2024.

Speaking on ABC Radio yesterday, opposition spokesman for emergency services Martin Aldridge said he worried further upgrades would be required to meet growing demand by the time works were finished.

“One year after the hospital is officially redeveloped, we’re looking at potentially exceeding its capacity again,” he said.

“It’s too little too late, and sadly this project is slipping in both terms of the budget as well as the timeframe.”

Member for Geraldton Lara Dalton told ABC Radio the COVID-19 pandemic, cyclone Seroja and “overheated” construction sector had contributed to the delays.

Ms Dalton said she was “pretty confident” the upgrades would be sufficient to alleviate the demand for hospital beds.

“I think it will certainly close the gap in what we've been seeing locally,” she said.

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