Sunday, 18 December 2016
Announcing the project today, Health Minister John Day said the investment highlighted the Liberal National Government's commitment to RPH.
"This is an investment in the future of Royal Perth Hospital as a key health care centre of excellence," Mr Day said.
"It is especially important for the major trauma unit, guaranteeing large rescue helicopters will be able to deliver patients to the centre, which has been recognised as a Level 1 facility by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons."
Emergency Services Minister Joe Francis said the new helipad would ensure a seamless rescue helicopter operation at the hospital.
"RPH currently receives between 160-300 direct landings per year, from as far afield as Albany and Dongara," Mr Francis said.
"The development of the new helipad coincides with the recent Civil Aviation Safety Authority standards upgrade for helipads, set to take effect by December 2018."
Mr Day said the latest project took the Liberal National Government's capital works investment in Royal Perth Hospital to more than $56 million since 2008.
Aside from the $19.5 million infrastructure enhancement and operations maintenance allocation in May 2015, significant RPH capital works since 2008 include:
"The Government is focused on delivering quality, efficient care as close to the community as possible, and that includes for our growing inner city population. The hospital also supports high-quality research and education facilities."
Work on the new helipad will start in 2017, for completion in 2018. The existing helipad will continue operating while the new facility is built.