- WA telehealth service revolutionising emergency care State-wide
- Partnership with Silver Chain provides 'virtual ED' access
For the first time an isolated, nurse-operated Silver Chain clinic in Lancelin has joined the Emergency Telehealth Service network, providing critical emergency medicine support to the seaside town north of Perth.
Health Minister Kim Hames said even though Lancelin was only 90 minutes from Perth, its isolation and busy tourist season put pressure on the Silver Chain staff at the primary health centre.
"Now, thanks to the introduction of this service, nurses in Lancelin have peace of mind knowing they can instantly link to highly trained emergency specialist doctors via videoconference to help when they are treating seriously injured or acutely unwell patients," Dr Hames said.
"The Emergency Telehealth Service has proven to be a runaway success for regional WA. It has grown from a pilot program in eight Wheatbelt sites in 2012 to now being accessed in 74 towns across the State, significantly improving access to emergency medicine support in small regional hospitals.
"Lancelin Primary Health Centre will pilot the use of the service for 12 months, and potentially other Silver Chain centres in isolated locations will also be considered to join the network."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the Emergency Telehealth Service was part of the State Government's $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions.
"This ongoing Royalties for Regions investment in the Emergency Telehealth Service is greatly improving emergency patient care for regional residents across WA," Mr Redman said.
"We need to improve access to quality health care to ensure the sustainability of regional WA into the future, and I am pleased to see Royalties for Regions play a vital role in this."
The Emergency Telehealth Service is staffed by emergency medicine specialists in Perth who link via videoconference to doctors and nurses treating emergency patients in small regional hospital and health centre emergency departments.
- Since it began in August 2012, there have been more than 23,000 consultations via the service
- Emergency Telehealth Service operates 8am to 11pm seven days a week
- Outside of these hours, major regional hospitals, metropolitan emergency departments and the Royal Flying Doctor Service provide medical support to smaller regional hospitals
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