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Saturday, April 13, 2024

80-bed ‘medihotel’ for Perth

An 80-bed Medihotel Murdoch will be part of the first stage of Western Australia’s $200 million Murdoch Health and Knowledge Precinct development.

The WA government is set to invest $55.5 million over four years towards the operational costs of the medihotel’s 80 beds.

“This model of care and the collaboration between key health providers including Fiona Stanley Hospital clinicians, GPs, allied health, aged care, mental health and other medical professionals has been developed by leading health experts and puts WA in a unique space,” said Health Minister, Roger Cook.

“I expect this medihotel, and this broader health precinct, will help set a new benchmark for the way sub-acute care is delivered in this country, by providing a greater range of services to match individual patient needs.”

WA Health has partnered with Hesperia and Aegis Aged Care Group to deliver the project.  

The medihotel, which will be operated by Aegis Aged Care, will deliver up to 80 beds, operate 24 hours, seven days per week, and is expected to divert up to 4,500 patients each year from busy public hospitals.

The facility – due for completion in early 2023 – will provide medical and nursing support for patients who have been discharged from hospital but are not yet ready to return home.

Comprehensive primary health care services will also be located on site including an Urgent Care Clinic with minor trauma rooms and general practitioner services, such as pharmacy, imaging and pathology.

The development, adjacent to two of Western Australia’s biggest hospitals – Fiona Stanley Hospital and St John of God Murdoch, will also offer prevention and chronic disease management, rehabilitation and life skills training to divert people from hospital, decrease hospital admissions and help prevent patient readmissions.

Minister Cook said this will be of particular advantage to country patients as it will help prevent their readmission to rural and regional hospitals after an acute episode of care in Perth.

Other facilities planned for the precinct include a Transitional Recovery Unit for mental health patients requiring long-term rehabilitation and end of life care for patients who do not need specialist high level hospice care. 

Construction on the Murdoch development is expected to start later this year.

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