Ur­gent health trial

Canning Gazette - - NEWS -

THE State Govern­ment will launch a pi­lot pro­gram next month in a bid to re­duce the in­creas­ing num­ber of peo­ple pre­sent­ing with non-threat­en­ing con­di­tions at Perth’s hos­pi­tal emer­gency de­part­ments.

Pre­mier Mark Mcgowan and Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook this week an­nounced the 18-month pi­lot that will al­low pa­tients to by­pass the emer­gency depart­ment and book ur­gent care clinic ap­point­ments with a lo­cal GP.

The ser­vice will be ac­ces­si­ble via an on­line directory and spe­cialised phone num­ber from Septem­ber 10.

So far 133 GP prac­tices across the state will par­tic­i­pate in the pi­lot, which will be sup­ported through an ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign aimed to raise aware­ness of the types of con­di­tions that the GP Ur­gent Care Clinic Net­work can help with.

Mr Cook said nearly one-fifth of at­ten­dances to WA emer­gency de­part­ments in 2017-18 could have been po­ten­tially avoided.

All GP Ur­gent Care Clin­ics in the pi­lot will have ac­cess to pathol­ogy and ra­di­ol­ogy ser­vices. They will also in­clude fully equipped treat­ment rooms to ap­ply su­tures, plas­ter­ing and con­duct mi­nor pro­ce­dures.

The pi­lot was de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with WA Pri­mary Health Al­liance and sup­ported by the Royal Aus­tralian Col­lege of Gen­eral Prac­ti­tion­ers WA Fac­ulty and the Aus­tralian Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion (WA).

Ex­am­ples of ur­gent but non-life-threat­en­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions in­clude cuts, mild burns, bites, sports in­juries, back pain and in­fec­tions.

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