WACHS gets praise for great work
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.