WORK is underway on a $9.5 million upgrade to the Palliative Care Unit at Kalamunda Hospital with construction expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Practical completion of the Day Hospice is expected by July, with additional therapeutic spaces such as improved gardens and landscaping and the incorporation of an indoor art/therapy room.
Remaining wards are expected to be complete at various dates throughout the second half of 2022, with the reconfiguration of the patient rooms to create single rooms with ensuites and improved access to the outdoor spaces, plus upgrading of facilities and amenities for families and carers.
Kalamunda MLA Matthew Hughes said he was thrilled the upgrades were being performed with minimal disruption to ongoing services.
“Builders have been onsite for some time and as planned, the works are being completed in a multi-stage approach to ensure Kalamunda Hospital can maintain a fully operational palliative care facility throughout the redevelopment,” he said.
“The resulting enhancement of the Palliative Care Unit at Kalamunda Hospital will do so much to improve the experience of patients and family.”
Funding will also deliver enhancements to palliative care outreach service supports, with education and training for the medical workforce to further the delivery of compassionate end-of-life care in the community.