The State Government has confirmed it will operate a single major heart unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital and retain the State’s major adult trauma centre at Royal Perth Hospital.
As revealed by The West Australian four months ago, Health Minister Kim Hames has scrapped a plan to have a second major trauma unit at Fiona Stanley Hospital when it opens in Murdoch in 2014.
Dr Hames said the State Government made the decision following extensive consultation and discussion with key clinicians from across the South Metropolitan Health Service.
“The consensus was that better patient care would be achieved by consolidating these specialties at single sites,” he said.
“National and international evidence clearly indicates that clinical outcomes for high-risk patients are better when complex services, such as advance heart and lung failure, are delivered at one tertiary hospital.”
He said retaining the State’s major adult trauma centre at Royal Perth took advantage of the hospital’s existing fully accredited and purpose-built service and nationally renowned trauma care.Similarly, relocating cardiothoracic surgery services, which include the heart and lung transplant unit, at one location meant patients and the community would benefit from having streamlined services specifically designed for those patients.
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