Western Australia Minister for Health Kim Hames
Preferred Bidder Named For Support Services At Fiona Stanley Hospital
Victor P Taffa
The State Government today announced that a preferred bidder has been selected from the Private Sector to provide Non-Clinical Facilities Management and Support Services at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
Health Minister Kim Hames said Serco Australia Pty Ltd, a major organisation with local, national and international experience in facilities management service, had been chosen to proceed to the next stage of contract negotiations.
Services that will be negotiated as part of the contract for non-clinical services at Fiona Stanley Hospital include engineering and building maintenance, security, ground maintenance, linen, cleaning, catering, waste services, managed equipment services, transport, procurement, sterilisation, reception and clerical services.
“The detailed evaluation that has taken place since the Government called for expressions of interest in November 2009 has shown us that the private sector’s innovative new approaches will lead to improvements in hospital services.” Dr. Hames said.
“It is clear that services are likely to be of an even higher standard than those currently delivered across WA Health. This is partly due to Serco’s use of new state-of-the-art technology and sophisticated systems that are not currently in use in the public health system in Western Australia.”
“During the evaluation, the Government team reviewed sites in Australia and internationally where Serco already provided health support services. At every hospital, staff and patients confirmed that services were of the highest quality and worked cohesively with public sector clinical staff.”
“I would like to take this opportunity once again to reassure staff working in support services in existing hospitals that no permanent member of staff will become redundant as a consequence of the decision to outsource non-clinical services at Fiona Stanley Hospital.”
The Minister said Fiona Stanley Hospital would be a publicly owned Hospital for Public Patients, with clinical services provided by the Public Sector.
The Government will now begin contract negotiations with Serco with a view to finalising and agreeing on a range of contractual details. It is hoped a contract will be signed later this year.
When it opens in 2014, the 783-bed Fiona Stanley Hospital, which includes 140 Beds in the new State Rehabilitation Service, will be the Southern Metropolitan Area’s Major Tertiary Hospital.
Services at the hospital will include:
- A full range of acute Medical and Surgical Services;
- The State Burns Service;
- The 140-Bed State Rehabilitation Service;
- State-of-the-Art Emergency Care which will support a Major Trauma Centre;
- Comprehensive Cancer Services including Radiotherapy Treatment Facilities, Medical Oncology and Haematology;
- Cardiothoracic Surgery;
- A Mental Health Unit with a Secure Wing and a Mother-and-Baby Unit;
- Obstetrics and Neonatology Services;
- Paediatric Services;
- Facilities for Pathology, Bio-Medical Engineering and Cell Tissue Manufacturing;
- A modern medical imaging centre that will provide fast and accurate information to Clinicians;
- A world-class Medical Research Facility to be built in conjunction with Universities and the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research.