Cen­tre ushers in new era

Great Southern Herald - - News - Michael Traill

Pin­gelly’s new $8.8 mil­lion health cen­tre opened last Wed­nes­day, in­cor­po­rat­ing the town’s emer­gency depart­ment and a pri­vate gen­eral prac­ti­tion­ers of­fice.

New tech­nol­ogy and ac­ces­si­bil­ity were the cor­ner­stones dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment of the new fa­cil­ity ac­cord­ing to Ryan Han­lon, WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice’s re­gional co-or­di­na­tor of nurs­ing and mid­wifery, who over­saw the tran­si­tion of staff and ser­vices.

“This site has got cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, it’s got the lat­est equip­ment, it brings it right up to this cen­tury and it gives it scope to be able to move into the next,” he said.

“It has all the pro­vi­sion for de­vel­op­ment in the long run.”

While many of the same ser­vices were avail­able at the pre­vi­ous site, staff were limited by the crum­bling in­fra­struc­ture.

“The pre­vi­ous cen­tre cre­ated lots of chal­lenges,” Mr Han­lon said.

“We’ve got the brand new dig­i­tal X-ray ma­chine, which gives the fa­cil­ity the abil­ity to send X-rays down to viewed by ra­dio­g­ra­pher in very good time, rather than the old sys­tem that had the very old film.

“We can now ac­cess a doc­tor on VC (video con­fer­ence) at all hours of the day, to pro­vide emer­gency cover. Most of the equip­ment that has come in here is brand new.”

The cen­tre will en­sure res­i­dents of the re­gion will be able to source most of their health care needs lo­cally rather than trav­el­ling to Perth.

“For coun­try clients, there’s an ex­pec­ta­tion that we’re able to de­liver as many ser­vices in their towns as pos­si­ble, and try­ing to build on that pri­mary care phi­los­o­phy, where we kept healthy and try to keep them out of long-term care,” Mr Han­lon said.

Pin­gelly Health Cen­tre staff: Ryan Han­lon, Sharon Blight, Sher­ryle Brain, Pat Kirk, Emma Birch, Mag­gie Boland, San­dra Web­s­dale, Philippa Page and Lau­rel Eve­nis.

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