The State Government's flagship hospital in Murdoch will have a secure unit to provide medical care for prisoners, in a move modelled on units interstate and overseas.
Fiona Stanley Hospital officials confirmed this week that the unit was being built on the southern suburbs site, after the Department of Corrective Services referred to its development in the department's annual report recently tabled in Parliament.
A hospital spokeswoman said the prisoners' unit was in a secure part of the $2 billion, 783-bed hospital, away from other patient areas.
"It is constructed to secure prison standards and includes the latest security technologies, including closed-circuit television cameras," she said.
"The secure unit will provide outpatient services for prisoners, which are currently provided in a secure outpatient unit at Royal Perth Hospital.
"The unit also has the capacity to accommodate up to four inpatients for overnight stays."
Corrective Services would provide all security services for the unit and the hospital would provide clinical staff such as doctors and nurses.
No restrictions would be placed on the type of prisoners the unit could treat. The hospital spokeswoman said the unit would be similar to those used in other hospitals that treated pri- soners interstate and overseas.
The unit was scheduled to open in February 2015, at the same time as the emergency department and other specialty units become operational.
Work on Fiona Stanley Hospital is due to finish by December 23, followed by a four-phased opening from October next year when the State rehabilitation service opens.
Some theatres, wards and parts of the intensive care and high dependency units are due to open in December next year, and the emergency department, the rest of ICU and the outpatients clinics will open in February 2015.Last to open in April 2015 will be units for burns, transplant services, obstetrics and gynaecology, and neonates.