Western Australia’s newest health care facility Fiona Stanley Hospital has officially opened in Perth, making it the state’s first new-build tertiary hospital project in more than 50 years.
The $2bn Fiona Stanley Hospital was originally scheduled to open in April, but was delayed due to a series of cost overruns and technology problems. However, the healthcare facility is not expected to be fully operational until February 2015.
Premier Colin Barnett said: "Fiona Stanley Hospital is a revolutionary facility that provides patient comfort and care innovation, architectural design and health service delivery never before seen in WA.
"It’s the most complex hospital of its kind to be commissioned in WA and when fully operational, will have 783 beds, the biggest health facility in the State.
"After years of planning by successive governments, this State Government began building the hospital here in Murdoch in September 2009 and I am delighted to now see it open."
Patient admission at the hospital is expected to take place in four phases to allow testing of all clinical and non-clinical systems at the hospital, while ensuring safety and efficiency at every stage.
Health Minister Kim Hames said: "Phase one of Fiona Stanley Hospital includes the four-storey, 140-bed State Rehabilitation Service and associated support services such as pathology, pharmacy, imaging and a range of non-clinical services in the main hospital.
"Tomorrow, around 120 patients will move from the Shenton Park Campus to the new rehabilitation facilities here at Fiona Stanley Hospital in a massive logistics exercise."
In November this year, Phase II will see clinical services start within the main hospital and will involve the introduction of selected general surgical, orthopaedic, anaesthetic and obstetric services.
During Phase III, the emergency department is expected to open in February 2015 and is expected to deal with more than 90,000 people in its first year.