Life-saving Emergency Telehealth Service now at 76 sites across WA
More than 1,200 patients per month using telehealth State-wide
Made possible by Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
Residents in and around the Mid-West town of Yalgoo now have access to better emergency health services thanks to the Liberal National Government's country telehealth initiative.
Health Minister John Day said Yalgoo Health Centre had become the 76th site to gain access to the Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS), an initiative significantly improving access to specialist medical support in rural and remote health services across Western Australia.
Mr Day said the WA Country Health Service's ETS program provided a virtual emergency room for patients and staff.
"This is a potentially lifesaving innovation with an impressive track record of improving medical outcomes in the treatment of seriously injured or unwell patients," he said.
"The Yalgoo system proved its worth on its first day in use when a clinical nurse was assisted with a diagnosis for a patient with severe stomach pain.
"As a result, she was able to eliminate the possibility of appendicitis and refer the patient to Geraldton Hospital as a non-emergency case."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was pleased to see another Royalties for Regions milestone.
"The service has grown far and wide since its original implementation in the Wheatbelt," Mr Redman said.
"The State Government's investment in essential services in one region has benefited vast areas of the State, which have been able to access a service originally implemented thousands of kilometres away at little extra cost."
The ETS began as a pilot program at eight Wheatbelt sites in 2012 under the Southern Inland Health Initiative. It has expanded to 76 sites as far afield as Broome in the Kimberley and Collie in the South-West.
More than 1,200 patients per month are being treated using the ETS
The $500 million Southern Inland Health Initiative, funded by Royalties for Regions, is the State's single biggest investment in regional health care in WA history
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