Pledge to make tele­health 24/h ser­vice

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Tele­health ser­vices across the North West will be­come 24-hour op­er­a­tions by Christ­mas, pro­vid­ing res­i­dents, work­ers and tourists with in­creased ac­cess to spe­cial­ist health care.

WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice chief ex­ec­u­tive Jeff Mof­fet said tele­health would be op­er­at­ing 24 hours a day, three days a week by Christ­mas.

That would even­tu­ally be ex­tended to a full seven days a week week ser­vice, he said. In Ex­mouth to of­fi­cially open the Ex­mouth Health Ser­vice, which has been open for some months now, Health Min­is­ter John Day said there were about 74 sites around the State where emer­gency tele­health fa­cil­i­ties ex­isted.

“In­vest­ment in the rel­e­vant health in­fras­truc­ture is vi­tal to the re­gion, and as a Gov­ern­ment, we are ful­fill­ing an elec­tion prom­ise to de­liver health care more lo­cally, giv­ing com­mu­ni­ties greater op­tions for treat­ment in their own towns,” he said.

Mr Day said the new health ser­vice hub for Ex­mouth would give res­i­dents peace of mind with bet­ter ac­cess to emer­gency and pri­mary health care.

WACHS Gas­coyne act­ing op­er­a­tions man­ager Jan Cook said the Ex­mouth com­mu­nity was happy to have im­proved ser­vices in town.

Mrs Cook said pa­tients had shown a pref­er­ence for link­ing up with spe­cial­ists in Perth through tele­health ser­vices, rather than mak­ing the trip down.

Ex­mouth Health Ser­vice doc­tors Emma Howard and Mike Ea­ton with Health Min­is­ter John Day.

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