St John of God sees sharp dip in emergency department presentations


Elham Kadkhodaie and husband Ali with baby Lara, St John of God Hospital Murdoch midwife Kendall Bull and Claire Wylie with Chantelle.
Elham Kadkhodaie and husband Ali with baby Lara, St John of God Hospital Murdoch midwife Kendall Bull and Claire Wylie with Chantelle.

PRIVATE Emergency Department presentations at St John of God hospital have nosedived in the past two years since Fiona Stanley Hospital opened, but births jumped more than 17 per cent in just one year.

St John of God Hospital chief executive John Fogarty attributed the 2776 fewer people coming to its ED to a preference for their GP.

“The drop in ED presentations has been mainly in categories of patients who could be treated by a GP but the number of admissions from ED has been steadily growing,” when asked if the drop had affected revenue.

“It has not had any effect on the services the hospital provides, nor necessitated a reduction in any of these services,” Mr Fogarty said.

St John of God was in the top 10 per cent of all public and private EDs in the country in the annual Press Ganey Survey.

The arrival of two extra obstetricians was the catalyst for the baby boom at the private hospital following the closure of maternity services at Attadale Private Hospital in July 2015.