PERTH would get four new urgent care medical centres under a Liberal Government, after $28 million in funding was committed in last night’s Federal Budget.
The new centres would be located in Cannington, Midland, Mandurah and Osborne Park.
The centres would handle urgent, but non-emergency patients who would normally go to hospital emergency departments for treatment.
Federal Minister for Health, Greg Hunt said the centres would assist the three existing St John urgent care centres located in Joondalup, Cockburn and Armadale.
“Together, the seven urgent care centres – four new and three existing – will be able to treat 231,000 patients a year,” Mr Hunt said.
“Approximately one third, or 77,000 of these patients, would normally present at public hospital emergency department.”
St John WA CEO Michelle Fyfe said she was confident the centres would make a “real difference”.