Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    All eyes on Esperance laser equipment

    3/12/2015 9:30 AM
    • New laser equipment purchased with State Government and community support
    • Latest technology delivers pinpoint accuracy for optometry and ophthalmology patients

    People with diabetes and glaucoma are among those who will benefit from improved health services with new, advanced laser eye equipment now available at the Esperance Health Campus.


    The purchase and installation of the equipment was made possible through support from the Esperance Fundraising Committee which raised almost $82,000, matched by a State Government contribution.


    Health Minister Kim Hames viewed the equipment during a site visit to officially open the new Esperance emergency department.  The Minister congratulated the Esperance community on its fundraising efforts and said the latest laser technology allowed for pinpoint accuracy during procedures.


    "Traditionally, eye surgery would be carried out with blades or probes, but lasers are very good for accurate cutting of tissue with a lower risk of complications such as infection," Dr Hames said.


    The Minister said the new equipment provided comprehensive optometry and ophthalmology care for conditions including cataracts, glaucoma, iris melanoma, ocular hypertension and diabetic retinopathy.


    The equipment is housed in an on-site outpatient centre, catering for visiting specialists. The 13-room clinical facility has its own entrance allowing patients to enter from a convenient set down and parking area and also houses telehealth consultations, outpatient appointments, ambulatory care, the Patient Assisted Travel Scheme office and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services.


    Dr Hames said investment in infrastructure and equipment upgrades were essential to meet the growing demand for specialist services and community-based health care in regional Western Australia.


    "The outpatient centre, combined with the $31.3 million upgrade to the Esperance Health Campus, will ensure the local community and surrounding areas have access to an expanded and integrated service, reducing the need to travel to larger regional or metropolitan centres," he said.


    Fact File

    • Esperance Health Campus redevelopment is part of the State Government's $7 billion Bigger Picture - Health hospital building and refurbishment program and is made possible by an $18.8 million Royalties for Regions investment
    • Outpatient centre cost $1.4 million to design and construct

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