Karratha residents welcome hospital upgrade
Open space, cheaper real estate and less traffic congestion are just some of the benefits of living in rural areas, however, remote locations are not without their disadvantages.
Limited public transport, employment opportunities and distance from major services and amenities are all challenges that may have an impact on real estate decisions.
With this in mind, those interested in purchasing rural property in Western Australia may be interested in Karratha, with the town's hospital recently receiving a $714,592 upgrade.
State health minister Kim Hames said Karratha's Nickol Bay Hospital emergency department underwent major works - boosting medical services in the region as a result.
"The enhancements have increased the number of beds and will reduce waiting times and improve patient flow and staff efficiency," Mr Hames said.
"Walls were removed to improve visibility and create a central staff station, as well as providing an additional treatment cubicle and new resuscitation bay."
Mr Hames said the project has helped the hospital achieve a 94.3 per cent score in relation to the Four Hour Rule - an initiative that aims to have patients seen within four hours in a bid to improve performance levels.