A funding boost from the State Government will allow additional elective surgery to be performed at Merredin Hospital to enable local people to have their operations sooner.
Health Minister John Day said the funding would enable the hospital to perform additional ophthalmology surgery, such as cataract removals on the elderly.
“The funding will enable up to six people per month to have their operations performed locally, rather than waiting long term to have surgery at a teaching hospital in Perth,” Mr Day said.
“It is far better for patients to be treated in familiar surroundings where they can feel comfortable and relaxed, around family and friends for support, if necessary.
“Being treated locally also provides relief for family members of patients, as it removes the added stress and expense of travelling to teaching hospitals in Perth.”
The transfer of elective surgery to community hospitals, such as Merredin, relieves pressure on teaching hospitals and enables them to concentrate on more complex forms of medical care.
Mr Day said the funding for the additional elective surgery was provided through the Central Wait List Bureau (CWLB).
A State Government initiative, the CWLB gives those people on a hospital waiting list the opportunity to have an operation performed sooner, by arranging for it to be performed at a hospital with a shorter waiting time.
The CWLB on free call number is 1800 654 807.
Carole Cowling 9213 6600