Five-year guar­an­tee

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - News - Jes­sica Nico

BENT­LEY Hos­pi­tal’s ma­ter­nity ward will stay open for at least another five years af­ter Health Min­is­ter Roger Cook an­nounced a multi-mil­lion dol­lar fund­ing com­mit­ment last week.

The ma­ter­nity ward, which de­liv­ered more than 800 ba­bies last year, has been promised $12 mil­lion a year as part of the guar­an­tee.

The ward has faced an un­cer­tain fu­ture since the State Gov­ern­ment re­leased a re­port rec­om­mend­ing its clo­sure in 2015.

Mr Cook said the hos­pi­tal’s 23 ma­ter­nity beds, three labour rooms and two as­sess­ment rooms were a vi­tal as­set to the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“We are pro­vid­ing much­needed cer­tainty to this vi­tal ser­vice to en­sure it con­tin­ues to be part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity for at least a fur­ther five years,” he said.

A new col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween Bent­ley Hos­pi­tal and lo­cal GPs has led to the launch of a shared care path­way model, al­low­ing ex­pec­tant moth­ers who choose shared care to have their ba­bies at Bent­ley.

Mr Cook said the ar­range­ment al­lowed healthy, lowrisk preg­nant women to con­tinue us­ing their GP for the ma­jor­ity of antenatal ap­point­ments while also get­ting care with a spe­cial­ist ob­ste­tri­cian.

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