Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Midland hospital patients transfer a success

    24/11/2015 1:30 PM
    • More than 80 patients transferred to St John of God Midland Public Hospital today
    • One of WA's largest patient transfers over a single day
    • Swan District Hospital now permanently closed 

    Health Minister Kim Hames has congratulated the teams involved in the successful transfer of 83 inpatients from Swan District Hospital and Swan Mental Health to the new 307-bed St John of God Midland Public Hospital which opened at 7am this morning.


    "This move represents one of Western Australia's largest ever transfer of patients on the same day.  That's a massive feat of logistics and multi-agency co-ordination, involving St John Ambulance, Main Roads, WA Police, the WA Health Department and of course, St John of God Health Care," Dr Hames said.


    "Co-ordinating a smooth and safe transition of patients is always a challenge and it's a credit to all those involved in today's landmark move that the whole transfer has been conducted so successfully, with minimal disruption."


    The Minister said in addition to the hard work of teams on the ground, the completion of roadworks around the site had been a vital component of the traffic management and ambulance flow for the facility.


    "Having the Lloyd Street underpass ready in such a short time is a terrific achievement and speaks of the quality of partnerships involved in this whole project," he said.


    "Watching the redevelopment of the precinct, to have this new public hospital front and centre of that revitalisation and now taking patients is something I'm very proud to have played a role in."


    Dr Hames said 84-year-old Marjery Short was the first patient to be transferred the four kilometres from the Swan District site by ambulance to the new Midland public hospital.


    The new facility opposite the historic Midland Railway Workshops has 307 public beds, is 50 per cent larger than the Swan District Hospital which it replaces, and includes 80 per cent single rooms.  It will employ about 1,500 staff and is anticipated to care for 60,000 emergency presentations, 102,000 outpatients and 29,000 inpatients in its first full year.


    The $360.2 million secondary St John of God Midland Public Hospital was delivered on time and on budget under a public private partnership with St John of God Health Care.


    Fact File

    • First patient arrived 8am
    • Swan District Hospital now permanently closed
    • $360.2 million St John of God Midland Public Hospital was jointly funded by the State and Federal governments, and is operated under contract to St John of God Health Care
    • For more on the range of services available, visit http://getthebiggerpicture.health.wa.gov.au  

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