Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Milestone for Broome Hospital ED upgrade

    15/08/2012 12:00 AM
    • Stage one completed of $1.8million project
    • Newly-constructed staff base allowing improved visibility across the ED
    Patients in and near Broome have begun to receive benefits from a $1.8million upgrade to Broome Hospital’s Emergency Department (ED).

    Health Minister Kim Hames announced today that, following completion of Stage One of the $1.8million Four Hour Rule program, doctors, nurses and other health workers now had access to an improved centralised staff base and treatment area.

    Dr Hames said selected walls in the ED had also been removed, making patients in the waiting room and triage area more visible to staff.

    The Minister said the redesign had been funded under the Four Hour Rule Program, which had ensured emergency department patients were seen, admitted or transferred within four hours of arrival. Since July, the program has been aligned to the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT).

    “Careful planning has minimised disruptions to the hospital’s emergency operations during the building phase, and I commend staff for continuing high levels of patient care,” he said.

    “Under NEAT, Broome Hospital is expected to process 85 per cent of patients within four hours and during July it moved within an 82 per cent to 90 per cent band.

    “Given the works under way, this was a significant achievement in patient care.”

    Stage Two of the Four Hour Rule program upgrades is under way. It will increase the number of acute beds in ED from three to seven, with work scheduled for completion at the end of September.

         Fact File
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    • Further works to start next year, following $8m commitment from National Partnership Agreement
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