The Perth Children’s Hospital will open in May next year, opening two and a half years after it was originally expected to open.
The hospital will have a staged opening, with selected outpatients from Princess Margaret Hospital expected to be moved in May and the final move of all patients in June.
Health minister Roger Cook said the state government was confident lead contamination in the water would be resolved before the hospital opened.
“Since we came to office, this Government has been committed to fixing the remaining issues at PCH and to ensuring the safe commissioning of the facility,” Mr Cook said.
“The water quality issue at PCH has been frustrating, however, we have remained absolutely focused on ensuring the hospital is safe for patients and staff before it’s opened.”
His comments came after water sampling and analysis results have produced “promising results” after water testing passed at 32 out of 33 locations.
Work is now underway to replace brass components of a Thermostatic Mixing Valve assembly boxes with a custom-made plastic configuration.
Delays in the hospitals opening cost around $6 million each month, the two and a half year delay resulting in a cost of $180 million when it opens.
Mr Cook said the state government had taken all possible measures to have the hospital ready for a sooner opening, after taking over the hospital when it was elected in March.
“This is another mess we inherited from the previous government that we have worked hard to fix,” he said.
“Since we came to office, this Government has been committed to fixing the remaining issues at PCH and to ensuring the safe commissioning of the facility”
“I am pleased with the significant progress that is been made and that we now have a clear way forward to finally open the new hospital, which will have so many benefits for WA’s young patients and their families.”