Brock wants to expedite essential hospital repairs

Frome MP Geoff Brock has called on the State Government to speed essential repairs and upgrades to the Port Pirie Hospital.

"I have submitted Freedom of Information applications to SA Health's Port Pirie Health Service seeking access to reports, documents or correspondence relating to the condition of the Port Pirie Hospital building, in particular the accident and emergency department, the X-Ray department and the kitchen areas," he said.

"My enquiry is for further information on the building - how many staff currently work in it and how many of its rooms have been closed off to stop them being used, due to OH&S concerns."

"While I understand that the current hospital building, which was built in the 1970s, is safe in the areas where it is being used, some of the building is in need of urgent upgrading."

"While the building has served its community well for over 50 years it's now time to have some money spent on it."

The documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act will provide Mr Brock with reports on the condition of the structure.

"I can then go to the Minister to seek funding for remedial work or to cost a new hospital for the future."

Mr Brock stressed there was no danger to the public or staff who used the current hospital building, but that it was important to look at the long-term picture.

"It is important that we bring this to the government's attention now so that plans can be made for future budgets," he said.

"We also need to attract more specialist services to the region, and for this we need to have the best facilities possible."