Power play on health

Hills Gazette - - NEWS -

MORE than 161,000 peo­ple have been treated at St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic and Pri­vate hos­pi­tals since the fa­cil­ity opened a year ago yes­ter­day.

Chief ex­ec­u­tive Glen Power said he was ex­tremely proud of the hos­pi­tal’s many achieve­ments over the past 12 months.

“We have dra­mat­i­cally raised the ‘health self­suf­fi­ciency’ of the re­gion, by of­fer­ing new ser­vices such as on­col­ogy, coro­nary care and in­ten­sive care,” Dr Power said.

“We are un­der­tak­ing more com­plex clin­i­cal ac­tiv­ity, re­duc­ing the need to trans­fer pa­tients to ter­tiary hos­pi­tals.”

Dr Power said the hos­pi­tal an­tic­i­pated pa­tient num­bers to in­crease over the next year be­cause of a sub­stan­tial fund­ing in­crease from the State Gov­ern­ment.

“As a re­sult, we will be treat­ing even more pa­tients for elec­tive and non-elec­tive pro­ce­dures, ma­ter­nity, men­tal health, as well as out­pa­tient and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices,” Dr Power said.

Health Min­is­ter John day said he was “enor­mously proud” of what the pub­lic hos­pi­tal had achieved.

“Since its doors opened, almost 60,000 peo­ple have been treated in the Emer­gency De­part­ment, there have been more than 81,000 out­pa­tient ap­point­ments, and 1650 new West Aus­tralians have been brought into the world here in the ma­ter­nity unit,” he said.

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