Ser­vice keeps health care lo­cal

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Jac­inta Cata­tore

HEALTH care de­liv­ered closer to home was un­der the spot­light at Har­vey Dis­trict Hospi­tal last week as part of WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice’s Tele­health Aware­ness Week.

Act­ing clin­i­cal nurse man­ager Jan­ice Uren said res­i­dents were in­creas­ingly tak­ing ad­van­tage of the hospi­tal’s tele­health unit with their ap­point­ments.

“We have a lot of tele­health users in the re­gion now,” Ms Uren said.

“The hospi­tal hosted 18 ap­point­ments in May, which rep­re­sented a big in­crease.

“It’s great be­cause peo­ple don’t have to travel to Perth for their ap­point­ments.” Ms Uren said the hospi­tal mainly used the ser­vice for pa­tients with wounds, but other ser­vices such as haema­tol­ogy, neu­rol­ogy, pain medicine and other treat­ments were also pro­vided.

“We are able to have the pa­tient seen by tele­health and get an as­sess­ment for their wound with­out hav­ing to travel to the city - it’s excellent,” Ms Uren said.

“We have one el­derly lady who uses it fre­quently, which is ideal be­cause trav­el­ling to Perth is also a big com­mit­ment for the rest of her fam­ily.

“Com­mu­nity pa­tients can also have spe­cial­ist ap­point­ments for both pre and post-surgery as well as Al­lied Health and Men­tal Health ap­point­ments.”

The hospi­tal also has an Emer­gency Tele­health Ser­vice, which of­fers 24/7 sup­port to doc­tors and nurses treat­ing emer­gency cases in re­gional and re­mote ar­eas.

Peo­ple in most ru­ral and re­mote towns across WA can ac­cess health­care ap­point­ments us­ing tele­health for more than 30 spe­cial­i­ties in­clud­ing can­cer ser­vices, sur­gi­cal fol­low-up, res­pi­ra­tory medicine, blood-re­lated disor­ders, or­thopaedics as well as ed­u­ca­tion for chronic con­di­tions like di­a­betes and asthma.

Tele­health ser­vice providers de­liver 350 out­pa­tient ap­point­ments at more than 150 tele­health-en­abled sites across WA.

ECU nurs­ing stu­dent Demelza Whyte and reg­is­tered nurse Am­ber Skeet with the tele­health set-up at Har­vey Dis­trict Hospi­tal.

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