Bunbury Health Campus Has The Longest Wait Times Of Any WA Regional Hospital

Breaking the four-hour rule


Amber Lowther

26 July 2019

Amber Lowther

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The WA Department of Health reports show that every month from January to June, Bunbury Health Campus has had the longest wait times of any WA regional hospital.

Hospitals must adhere to the four-hour rule, where medical staff should be treating emergency department patients within the time frame.

Bunbury's performance in January saw 72.5 per cent of patients treated within the time frame, whereas June saw just 68.1 per cent of patients treated within four hours. 

Premier Mark McGowan and Health Minister Roger Cook announced Bunbury Hospital will receive an additional $11.8 million in funding for redevelopment.

The additional funding will deliver:

  • Construction of an additional operating theatre;
  • Reconfiguration of the emergency department 'Fastrack' area;
  • Establishment of an acute medical assessment unit;
  • Implementation of a mental health observation area;
  • Expanded capacity of the intensive care unit;
  • Increased parking bays for the site; and
  • Improved Hospital in the Home and telehealth capabilities at community locations. 

"This funding injection will allow us to fast-track crucial additional upgrades to Bunbury Hospital, to meet the growing needs of Bunbury and the South-West.

"It will streamline services to allow patients to be treated in a more timely manner, with a focus on contemporary models of care," said Premier Mark McGowan.

 

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