Hospital reaches milestone


Premier Colin Barnett meets the medical team at the Midland Superclinic.
Premier Colin Barnett meets the medical team at the Midland Superclinic.

More than 40,000 patients have been treated by St John of God Midland Public Hospital since it opened its doors to the public on November 24, 2015.

Health Minister Kim Hames said the $360.2 million hospital was meeting a high level of patient demand, with more than 17,500 people presenting and receiving medical care at the emergency department.

“The St John of God Midland Public Hospital is meeting the growing demand for high-quality services in the growing eastern metropolitan region and is ramping up to full operations from next month,” Dr Hames said.

“Intensive-care physicians are now servicing the 12-bed critical care unit, enabling the hospital to undertake additional higher acuity and complex clinical services than previously available in the area.”

The minister said since opening, more than 355 babies had been born, chemotherapy was offered and 2527 surgical procedures had been completed.

“I am very pleased the St John of God Midland Public Hospital has achieved such good results in its first quarter,” he said.

Mr Barnett was in the area to tour the GP Super clinic at the Midland Railway Workshops.

He said residents in Perth’s eastern corridor had “some of the best health facilities in the State”.

Managing director at the clinic, Dr Vasantha Preetham, said: “We work with the Midland hospital to avoid presentations to the emergency department of conditions that are best managed at this level”.

“The Superclinic has broken down barriers impeding specialist integration into the primary care setting and hosts many specialists on site to improve access to these services in the community.”