TWICE the number of patients will be able to undergo elective surgery after the Fremantle Hospital Day Admissions Centre opened last week.
The centre is part of a more than $5 million transformation of the hospital to turn it into a 300-bed specialist facility providing aged care, mental health, rehabilitation and specialist medical services.
The $1.49 million refurbishment of the old emergency room has 50 beds, and Health Minister Kim Hames said it could treat up to 60 elective patients a day or 15,000 a year.
“Fremantle Hospital will play an integral role in reducing the elective surgery waitlist now it has transitioned from a tertiary hospital to the State’s largest specialist hospital,” he said.
“The hospital’s admission points for day surgery have also been streamlined so you no longer have five different areas to go for your procedure, which was confusing for patients and visitors.”
Fremantle Hospital and Health Service executive director David Blythe said typical cases the centre would cater for included ophthalmology such as cataracts, orthopaedics like hip and knee replacements and general surgeries for things like hernias and gall bladder removals.
“The DAC is progressing well and we’re beginning to see a steady stream of patients through the front door and feedback from patients has been positive,” he said.