MORE than a third of the 55,000 people who used St John WA’s urgent care centres last year would otherwise have gone to emergency departments.
St John chief executive Michelle Fyfe and health services director Phil Holman gave federal politicians a tour of the Urgent Care Joondalup centre this week to show how it eases pressure on hospital emergency departments including the nearby Joondalup Health Campus.
“Last year alone our three centres treated a total of 55,000 patients, 35 per cent of which could have otherwise gone to emergency,” Mr Holman said.
“The centres offer a high quality, safe and timely alternative care pathway for unscheduled care, and if necessary, x-rays, pathology and follow-up treatments such as plaster, urgent dental and stitches onsite.”
Ms Fyfe said St John was a not-for-profit, community focused organisation that aimed to provide patients with “the best possible care”.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough joined Senators Michaelia Cash and Dean Smith on January 23 for a tour of the facility, which was equipped to assess and treat patients with non-life threatening injuries.
“It’s important that the local community is aware of the services available at these urgent care centres as they provide a viable alternative to the often long waiting times in hospital emergency departments,” Mr Goodenough said.
Senator Cash said it provided a valuable healthcare service for northern suburbs residents.
The Joondalup urgent care centre is open from 8am to 10pm every day, including public holidays, and located at Joondalup Gate, 21 Joondalup Drive, Edgewater.
St John also has urgent care centres in Cockburn and Armadale.