An increase in funding will help ensure the new Roma Hospital is fully digital-ready when construction is completed in mid-2020.

South West Hospital and Health Board Chair Jim McGowan said funding for the new Roma Hospital had been increased from $98.1 million to $112.6 million.

“As part of its continuing project delivery oversight process, the Department of Health regularly reviews funding for the new Roma Hospital – and other projects – to ensure the current levels of investment meet future requirements,’’ Mr McGowan said.

“Following the latest review of Roma Hospital, a submission was made and accepted by the State Government to increase the funding allocate $112.6 million.

“As with many complex, long-term, capital infrastructure investments, progressive adjustments sometimes must be made to funding levels to ensure the result delivers the expected outcomes.

“This is why project funding has increased progressively since the initial announcement of $70 million in the 2015–16 State Budget.

“The latest increase in funding will cover the cost of some additional site preparation work that was required, including for the car parks.

“It will also ensure the new hospital is ready to utilise the latest digital technologies currently being deployed in metropolitan and larger provincial hospitals.

“I am sure the local community will welcome the increase in funding.

“This is the single largest government investment in the South West in many years.

“The last major hospital upgrade at Roma was the opening of the surgical building in 1987, so this new hospital building is a historic investment in the region.

“It will result in a state-of-the-art hospital that will serve the whole of our region well into the future.

“The construction project already has been delivering economic benefits to the region and I would like to commend major contractor Watpac Construction for their strong support of local contractors and businesses in Roma.’’

Mr McGowan said to date, the Roma Hospital construction project had resulted in:

• More than $4 million being spent directly with local companies,

• Sub-contractors have leased more than 30 houses in the local area,

• More than 60 locals have been employed for various components working on the site, including five apprentices/trainees,

• More than 40 local business have been engaged to complete contracting, supply services materials and more,

• Altogether, the Roma Hospital project is supporting 97 Full Time Equivalent jobs during its three-year construction period.

Mr McGowan said once completed, the new three-level Roma Hospital building would provide 22 beds and two birth suites, with departments including emergency, ambulatory care, medical imaging, medical records, operating theatres and central sterilising.

“Additional facilities include pathology, pharmacy, reception areas, administration areas, staff lounge, training rooms, laundry, kitchen, a café and plant rooms,” he said.

“Two new car parks are also included as part of the project which will provide 220 free parking spaces for hospital visitors and staff.’’

The new Roma Hospital is part of the State Government’s $180 million Enhancing Regional Hospitals program.

New Roma Hospital Fast Facts

• 24 beds in total – comprising 18 single rooms, including palliative care and mental health care, as well as two x two-bed patient rooms and two birth suites, all with ensuites.

• The ground floor area will include a large shaded entrance, emergency department, medical imaging department, rehabilitation gym, café, allied health treatment areas, pharmacy and separate area for kitchen, laundry, stores and maintenance services.

• Entrance on McDowall St.

• Inpatient unit and birth suites will open to an outdoor landscaped area.

• Perioperative suite including two operating theatres, as well as education and training services and administration and staff facilities, will be on the first floor.

• The new hospital has been designed to minimise energy usage and, where possible, introduce renewable energy generation.

• Free parking for 220 vehicles, including a staff car park.

• There is also flexibility to add to the hospital in the future.

• Separate accommodation for families with patients in hospital, pregnant women waiting to birth, or people having to travel long distances for day surgery, will be provided on site by the South West Hospital and Health Service.