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Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION - Bryce Luff

FIONA Stan­ley Hos­pi­tal recorded its one mil­lionth out­pa­tient ap­point­ment last Wed­nes­day.

Spear­wood res­i­dent Ella Gradyen, who re­ceived treat­ment for tis­sue dam­age on the right hand she in­jured on the school hol­i­days, was given a cer­tifi­cate and a cup­cake to mark the oc­ca­sion.

“I was kind of ex­cited,” the Se­ton Catholic Col­lege stu­dent said.

“I had no idea so it’s pretty amaz­ing, espe­cially the cup­cake which looks very cre­ative.”

An out­pa­tient at­tends a hos­pi­tal for treat­ment but does not stay overnight.

Out­pa­tient man­ager Karen Tasker said the fig­ure was a mas­sive ef­fort for the hos­pi­tal, which opened in Oc­to­ber 2014.

“It’s ex­cit­ing to have achieved this mile­stone and it high­lights the sheer vol­ume of pa­tients we have seen and growth of the ser­vice in just over three years,” she said.

“We are also treat­ing pa­tients with in­creas­ingly more acute and com­plex care needs, which has seen an in­crease in pa­tients year on year.”

Mrs Tasker said the use of tele­health for out­pa­tient appointments had been wel­comed by those in re­gional ar­eas who did not have to jour­ney into the hos­pi­tal.

“Since 2014 we have con­ducted al­most 11,000 out­pa­tient tele­health appointments at FSH and this will be an ex­cit­ing area of de­vel­op­ment over the next few years,” she said.

FSH pro­vides out­pa­tient clin­ics across 25 ser­vices. In 2015 there were 264,412 out­pa­tient appointments at FSH, grow­ing to 356,029 in 2017.

Out­pa­tient man­ager Karen Tasker, one mil­lionth out­pa­tient Ella Gray­den, Fiona Stan­ley and Fre­man­tle Hos­pi­tal Group ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Janet Za­gari and se­nior phys­io­ther­a­pist Cur­tis Harmer.

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