Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    Fiona Stanley Hospital celebrates first year

    3/02/2016 12:15 PM
    • Fiona Stanley Hospital marks one year of service to the WA community
    • More than 120,000 patients treated in the first year
    • 285,000 appointments handled through outpatient clinics  

    The busy emergency department at Fiona Stanley Hospital has treated 100,000 patients since it opened a year ago this week, including a record 347 patients in one 24-hour period.


    Health Minister Kim Hames said the anniversary was an opportunity to reflect on the many achievements of the new hospital in its first year of becoming fully clinically operational.


    "It's an enormous project to establish a complex new tertiary public hospital from the ground up and Fiona Stanley Hospital is the first to be built in Western Australia in more than 50 years," Dr Hames said.


    "Opening the State's biggest and most modern hospital was always going to be challenging and the staff have risen to this challenge, adapting to the building's innovative design features; a new way of working; and the advanced technology."


    The Minister acknowledged there had been issues associated with the bedding down of hospital systems and work flows during commissioning but praised the staff for their dedication to patient care throughout the demanding first months after opening.


    "Importantly, the majority of issues have been resolved and I know the staff are focused on continuing to provide safe and efficient care to their patients," he said.


    Dr Hames said Fiona Stanley Hospital had seen a huge volume of patients in its first year and congratulated staff and the leadership team for their efforts in handling the unprecedented demand for the new hospital's services.


    "I regularly receive feedback from people who have been patients at the health campus and they are consistently full of praise for the high quality of care they received," he said.


    "I am enormously proud of the achievements of Fiona Stanley Hospital to date and have every confidence it will continue to be a much-valued part of the WA community."


    Fact File

    • Fiona Stanley Hospital has 783 beds, including 140 rehabilitation beds
    • For more information, visit http://www.fsh.health.wa.gov.au
    • 100,000 patients have been treated in the emergency department, average of 275 a day
    • Most patients seen in emergency department in one day was in March 2015 with 347 patients in 24 hours
    • 30,000 patients have been admitted to the hospital through the emergency department
    • 40,000 people have been admitted as inpatients
    • More than 2,500 babies have been born at Fiona Stanley Hospital
    • October 2015 saw 13 babies born on the one day, the highest on record for the hospital
    • About 2,000 children have been cared for on the paediatric ward
    • Outpatient clinics have handled more than 285,500 appointments in a year
    • 22,600 surgeries have been performed, 12,600 of which were elective procedures
    • 750,000 plated meals have been served to patients
    • 1.4 million calls have been answered by the hospital switchboard 

    Minister's office - 6552 5300