Centre ushers in new era
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.