Whyalla Health Services in the spotlight

Thursday 23 November 2017

The local community is invited to an open day on the first weekend in December to celebrate the four year anniversary of the $69m Whyalla Hospital redevelopment.

Whyalla Hospital Director of Nursing and Midwifery Julie Marron said the Whyalla Hospital Community Open Day would be a good opportunity for people to meet staff and learn more about the hospital’s services and facilities.

“Whyalla Hospital and Health Service provides a wide range of public health services including 24-hour accident and emergency services, general medical and specialist surgical care, anaesthetic, cardiac, obstetric and neonatal services, chemotherapy and renal dialysis services, as well as onsite accommodation for out of town patients” Ms Marron said.

“Thanks to the redevelopment, around 87,000 people in Whyalla and the surrounding area have had greater access to a range of new services, closer to home, including the Regional Cancer Centre and Integrated Mental Health Inpatient Unit.

“Since 2014 Whyalla Hospital and Health Service has delivered more than 138,000 treatments, consults, surgeries and procedures– that’s a massive effort and staff should be congratulated for their tireless dedication and hard work.”

The six bed integrated mental health unit was the first facility of its kind in country South Australia, while the cancer centre is the largest in regional SA.

Ms Marron said that since 2014, patients have received nearly 3,500 chemotherapy treatments in the advanced, ultramodern centre, which includes six chemotherapy chairs, outpatient care and counselling services.

“The hospital has also provided a further 4,000 medical and radiation oncology consultations and more than 4,800 outpatient appointments,” she said.

“We know how important it is for patients to be able to be around loved ones when they need medical care, so we are pleased that our mental health unit and cancer centre have greatly reduced the need for people to travel away from their loved ones to metropolitan hospitals for treatment.”

Ms Marron said having a state-of-the art redeveloped hospital has meant Whyalla has been able to recruit, develop and retain clinicians, with onsite and offsite accommodation provided for visiting medical specialists and their families.

Members of the local Health Advisory Council will also be at the hospital to talk to people about the important role they play in advocating on behalf of local people.

Whyalla Hospital Health Advisory Council Presiding Member, Sandra Plew, said she was looking forward to telling local people about the HAC and the work it does, including recently obtaining funding to cover the cost of a training session for four pharmacists, several school counsellors and a representative from Nunyara Aboriginal Health Service to help girls and young women facing unplanned pregnancies.

“The open day provides a great opportunity to make people aware of the HAC, who we are and how people can get in contact with us and let us know about local health needs, priorities and issues,” Ms Plew said.

The Whyalla Hospital Community Open Day, which includes morning tea, will be held on Saturday, 2 December from 10am-12:30pm. For more information call Whyalla Hospital on 8648 8400.

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