Kaleeya could close

Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk says the outlook for Kaleeya Hospital is not encouraging.
Fremantle MLA Simone McGurk says the outlook for Kaleeya Hospital is not encouraging.

Ms McGurk said when she questioned Health Minister Kim Hames in parliament recently, he said the hospital would likely close once Fiona Stanley Hospital opened.

Ms McGurk said there was also a possibility of the hospital being offered to a private operator, but that either option would put a strain on Fremantle’s health services.

‘Doctors at Kaleeya perform around 3500 minor surgeries and about 100 children are born there annually,’ she said.

‘Kaleeya has an intimate atmosphere which is good for uncomplicated births and many women prefer to give birth in a smaller, more relaxed place.

‘You have to question whether sending all births to Fiona Stanley would be the best use of the resources invested in that hospital.

‘We know our population is growing and there will be huge demand on our new hospitals and closing smaller hospitals is not the answer to providing better health services.’

Dr Hames said the WA Health Clinical Services Framework had a blueprint for the hospital’s services.

‘Kaleeya’s obstetric services will be transferred to Fiona Stanley and sub-acute services would be at Fremantle Hospital,’ he said.

‘Elective surgery will be at Fremantle or Fiona Stanley.

‘Since the Reid Report, the plan has been to close Kaleeya when Fiona Stanley opens and that is still my expectation.’