- Confidential and free contact line will be run out of King Edward Memorial Hospital
- It will provide WA women with a link to expertise and clinical services
The State Government has acted on local, national and international concern about the safety of transvaginal mesh by setting up a confidential and free contact line for Western Australian women.
The Freecall line (1800 962 202) is available for all WA women who have had mesh implanted, particularly those who report complications or adverse side effects.
The line is now operational and staffed from 8.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, with after-hours calls returned the next business day.
As well as providing a link to expertise and clinical services, the contact line will help determine the magnitude of the problem faced in WA, as it is unknown how many women may have mesh-related symptoms.
This could be due to a variety of reasons such as the way this surgery was coded, age of the records, delayed onset of symptoms, and the clinical difficulties in diagnosis.
A mesh register will also be established to prospectively record the use of pelvic and abdominal mesh. King Edward Memorial Hospital will keep a record of all women who will be seen at the specialist urogynaecology clinic or referred to their GP for follow up.
Comments attributed to Health Minister Roger Cook:
"I applaud the tremendous courage of the WA women who have already come forward to share their personal stories about their health.
"It is obvious to me that many women have experienced severe physical and emotional side effects and the focus now needs to be on putting those patients first.
"We will make sure that any woman who has experienced problems with this procedure has access to the right clinical expertise at the right time.
"I have asked the Health Department to continue to work closely with the Health Consumers' Council to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the women affected."
Minister's office - 6552 6500