THE decrepit state of some of Perth’s major hospitals has been revealed in a top-level report that exposes fire and sanitation risks, structural disrepair and widespread failure to meet current standards.
The North Metropolitan Health Service, which has been marred in a corruption scandal over building contracts at its hospitals, this year undertook an extensive asset audit report, which The Sunday Times obtained portions of through the Freedom of Information Act.
The hefty 7000-page report paints a poor picture for Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital (SCGH) and WA’s biggest maternity hospital, King Edward Memorial. Osborne Park Hospital and Graylands Hospital were also part of the audit.
The document highlighted:
SCGH and KEMH were rated as “average to poor overall condition” with significant upgrades required to bring the facilities into compliance.
THE two hospitals had widespread timber rot, masonry failures, steelwork corrosion and water leaks. SCGH had the added problem of “concrete cancer”.
THE poor condition of SCGH buildings was “compromising clinical safety and preventing optimum infection control management”.
WATER leaks had occurred in various areas of the Nedlands facility, including surgical and theatre sterilising services in the main G Block.
“COMPROMISES” made in some recently refurbished areas of SCGH failed to meet space requirements under the Australasian Health Facility Guidelines that ensured best practice and service delivery.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has joined an international search and rescue mission for an injured solo yachtsman who is stranded off the West Australian coast after encountering difficulties while competing in a race.
Solo skipper Abhilash Tomy, an officer in the Indian Navy, was taking part in the Golden Globe Race when his 10-metre vessel Thuriya was de-masted in a storm in the southern Indian Ocean, about 1,800 nautical miles south-west of Perth.
It is understood he suffered a serious back injury.
Tomy sent a satellite text message on Saturday, saying: “ACTIVATED EPIRB. CANT WALK. MIGHT NEED STRETCHER”, race organisers said in a statement.
A subsequent message read: “CAN MOVE TOES. FEEL NUMB. CAN’T EAT OR DRINK. TOUGH 2 REACH GRAB BAG”.
The ADF said the Royal Australian Navy Frigate, HMAS Ballarat, sailed from Perth on Saturday night for the 39-year-old’s last known location.