Pledge to make telehealth 24/h service
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.