19 August 2016

Construction tender for new health centre underway

  • Contractors shortlisted for Pingelly Health Centre build
  • Construction works to start in late October 2016

Building companies are vying for the contract to build the new Pingelly Health Centre in Pingelly, with the main construction tender process now underway.

The new purpose-built health centre, part of the Southern Inland Health Initiative’s extensive capital works program, will provide enhanced primary and community care facilities whilst also providing 24/7 emergency care.

WA Country Health Service Wheatbelt Regional Director, Sean Conlan, said the innovative new health centre was a first for the Wheatbelt.

“Through community consultation we have developed a fit-for-purpose facility that meets the needs of the community.”

Mr Conlan said the new Pingelly Health Centre would replace the Pingelly Hospital and would be located on the corner of Brown St and Somerset St.

“The primary health centre at Pingelly will bring together healthcare providers focused on the promotion of good health, the prevention and early detection of illness and the management of chronic disease to help people stay well and out of hospitals,” he said.

The new build is part of the Royalties for Regions investment in the Southern Inland Health Initiative’s capital infrastructure programs that prioritises new builds and upgrades to 37 hospitals and health services in the Wheatbelt, South West, Great Southern and Midwest.

The half a billion dollar Southern Inland Health Initiative has been made possible by the Stage Government’s Royalties for Regions Program and is being delivered by the WA Country Health Service. The Southern Inland Health Initiative capital works program is more extensive and complex than any project previously undertaken by the WA Country Health Service.

The tender for the Pingelly Health Centre, which closes on August 23, is being managed by the Department of Finance on behalf of the WA Country Health Service. For more information visit www.tenders.wa.gov.au (external site).

The building contract is expected to be awarded early October with work due to commence on the site in the third quarter of 2016.

Other construction tenders also underway in the Wheatbelt include Beverley Health Service, Dalwallinu Health Service, Jurien Bay Health Centre, Moora Health Service, Southern Cross Health Service, York District Health Service and Wongan Hills Health Service.

  • The Southern Inland Health Initiative’s $300 million capital works program includes approximately $40 million to redevelop and reform two small hospitals in Cunderdin and Pingelly to create new fit-for-purpose health centres and to refurbish two small health services in Dongara and Mullewa, transforming them into contemporary primary care centres.
  • The Southern Inland Health Initiative is improving access to medical and emergency coverage, providing new and improved modern health facilities and new models of health care delivery. To find out more, go to www.health.wa.gov.au/southerninland.