Nickol Bay Emergency Department’s Upgrade Completed
Patients will benefit from Karratha’s Nickol Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department after a $714,592 upgrade.
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11 December 2012
Patients will benefit from Karratha’s Nickol Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department after a $714,592 upgrade, Australian Government Minister for Health Tanya Plibersek said today.
“Nickol Bay Hospital’s highly efficient emergency department has a new staff station area, a new treatment cubicle and a resuscitation bay which will mean improved services for patients,” said Ms Plibersek.
“I am delighted that Nickol Bay Hospital already sets a high benchmark among the nation’s hospitals – as it deals with 94.3 per cent of emergency patients inside the four hours required under the National Emergency Access Target (NEAT).
“The national standard is that 90 per cent of patients who present to an emergency department should be admitted to the hospital, referred elsewhere for treatment, or discharged within four hours. All public hospitals need to achieve this by 2015.
“I expect that the opening of the Nickol Bay Hospital’s redesigned emergency department will enable it to further improve its excellent performance on behalf of the local community in Karratha. I congratulate the staff for setting such a high standard.
“The Australian Government is enabling a much-needed, massive effort to improve the nation’s emergency department services, wherever they are,” she said.
“This involves us investing up to another $750 million nationally in emergency departments under our National Partnership Agreement with the states to improve public hospital services.
“This funding will bring the Australian Government’s investments to improve emergency department capacity and better services to patients to $1.5 billion,” Ms Plibersek said.
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