FIONA Stanley Hospital (FSH) today recorded its one millionth outpatient appointment.
Spearwood resident Ella Gradyen, who received treatment for tissue damage on the right hand she injured on the school holidays, was given a certificate and a cupcake to mark the occasion.
“I was kind of excited,” the Seton Catholic College student said.
“I had no idea so it’s pretty amazing, especially the cupcake which looks very creative.”
An outpatient attends a hospital for treatment but does not stay overnight.
Outpatient manager Karen Tasker said the figure was a massive effort for the hospital, which opened in October, 2014.
“It’s exciting to have achieved this milestone and it highlights the sheer volume of patients we have seen and growth of the service in just over three years,” she said.
“We are also treating patients with increasingly more acute and complex care needs, which has seen an increase in patients year on year.”
Mrs Tasker said use of telehealth for outpatient appointments had been welcomed by those in regional areas who did not have to journey into the hospital.
“Since 2014, we have conducted almost 11,000 outpatient telehealth appointments at FSH and this will be an exciting area of development over the next few years,” she said.
FSH provides outpatient clinics across 25 services.
The first outpatient clinic opened in October 2014, prior to the hospital becoming fully operational in February 2015.
In 2015 there were 264, 412 outpatient appointments at FSH, growing to 356, 029 in 2017.