WACHS gets praise for great work

Pilbara News - - News - Shan­non Beat­tie

Hos­pi­tals and med­i­cal cen­tres across the Pil­bara were put to the test in 2018 with more than 56,000 emer­gency pre­sen­ta­tions.

The WA Coun­try Health Ser­vice has been ap­plauded for the role it played in sav­ing the thou­sands of lives across the 500,000sqkm that make up the Pil­bara.

WACHS re­gional di­rec­tor Margi Faulkner said the emer­gency ad­mis­sions did not in­clude the thou­sands of other pa­tients who re­ceived sched­uled treat­ment dur­ing the year.

“Of course I have to ac­knowl­edge our in­cred­i­ble doc­tors and nurses on the front­line but, as we know be­hind the scenes, it takes a team to save a life,” she said.

Ms Faulkner also recog­nised a year of achieve­ment in the Pil­bara, with the com­ple­tion of two new hos­pi­tals in Kar­ratha and Onslow.

“2018 saw the open­ing of the $207 mil­lion Kar­ratha Health Cam­pus which marked the largest in­vest­ment in a re­gional hos­pi­tal here in Western Aus­tralia,” she said.

How­ever she also ac­knowl­edged the re­gion had seen its fair share of pre­ventable ad­mis­sions.

“We’re treat­ing some­one in­jured at Karijini al­most weekly, we see far too many vic­tims of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents and I can’t shy away from the im­pacts of drug and al­co­hol abuse,” she said.

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