Karratha ED smashes patient record

Shannon BeattiePilbara News
Karratha Health Campus.
Camera IconKarratha Health Campus. Credit: Picture: Alicia Perera

Karratha Health Campus made history last month after a record-breaking 94 presentations came through its emergency department in a single day.

The number of people who attended the department on Thursday, August 15 represented the most presentations in the almost 40-year combined history of Nickol Bay Hospital and Karratha Health Campus.

WA Country Health Service Pilbara regional director Margi Faulkner said the fact almost 100 people had been seen and treated in a timely manner over a single day was a testament to hospital staff.

“I think we sometimes forget that hospitals are staffed with doctors, nurses and other clinicians who dedicate their days, nights and weekends to saving lives and ensuring the Karratha community remains healthy,” she said.

Ms Faulkner said the number of presentations had placed some demand on the facility but WACHS constantly monitored activity to manage increased numbers.

“Our number one priority will always be ensuring those who need care receive it,” she said.

“The staff at Karratha Health Campus are world-class and have managed this unprecedented rush very well.”

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