Emergency dept closure certain

Picture: file image.
Picture: file image.

For medical emergencies after that date, patients should either call an ambulance or go to Fiona Stanley Hospital.

Hospital director David Blythe stressed to business leaders last week that the community needed to know if they present to Fremantle Hospital for emergency treatment past February 3 the doors would be closed.

‘We need people to know that it’s not half closing, it’s closing,’ he said.

He said about 40 per cent of patients arriving at the ED came on their own steam and that generally, people who could get themselves to emergency without ambulance support were not time- sensitive cases.

Meanwhile, GP After Hours contacted the Gazette this week to reassure residents its service would remain the same after the closure of the Fremantle Emergency Department.

– The Fremantle GP After Hours will continue to serve the local community, without appointments, after the Emergency Department at the Fremantle Hospital closes.

– The location of the Fremantle GP After Hours clinic will stay the same after the Emergency Department at Fremantle Hospital closes. It is located within A Block at the hospital.

– The opening hours will remain the same as they are now. Weekdays: 7pm to 10pm. Weekends and public holidays: 1pm to 9pm.

– Fremantle GP After Hours currently organises an ambulance for any critically injured person and this practice will continue. The patient will be transferred to Fiona Stanley Hospital.