The long-awaited Newman Hospital is one step closer towards completion after the State Government announced stage one works of the $61.4 million project had finished. The Newman Health Service upgrade will include 12 inpatient beds, six emergency department bays, two dental chairs, six GP consult spaces and a medical imaging, pathology and procedure room. It will also have two new resuscitation bays and be telehealth-enabled, and provide other services including physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, counselling, community health nursing and mental health. Tenders for the upgrade were first announced in 2019 with the contract being awarded to ADCO Constructions in 2020. The State Government announced on April 29 the stage one works had reached practical completion with stage two works now in progress. The $61.4m project includes $15m in funding from BHP and is expected to be completed early 2023. Health Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the Newman Health Service redevelopment will be an attractive and modern workplace to attract the brightest and best clinicians to regional Western Australia. “The hardworking and dedicated local staff will soon have increased capacity to treat critically ill and injured patients, thanks to the clever design of two resuscitation bays, three treatment bays and a procedure room — as well as 24/7 access to additional expertise through the Command Centre,” she said. “This partnership is about keeping our regional communities safe, healthy and vibrant, long into the future.” Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel said the redevelopment of Newman Health Service is an outstanding example of what can be achieved when government, industry and the community work together. “The redeveloped Newman Health Service will enable residents of Newman and the surrounding communities access to the most modern emergency healthcare available,” he said.