A list of which hospitals in the WA can be accessed by health professionals.
In 2016 the state government estimated more than 3,000 patients could be treated in WA hospitals with about 2,500 needing to be transferred to another facility.
The list includes hospitals such as the Western Australian Health Sciences Centre, the WACA and the Perth Children’s Hospital.
Dr Alan Kelly, a GP in the WACS, said patients could not get to the WACC without having to drive through Perth.
“We have to get people to the hospital as quickly as possible, so if we have to have to drive in Perth we will have to wait,” he said.
If a patient is admitted in Perth, they will be transferred at the WCCC to the WA Capital Hospital, which is a different facility.
Dr Kelly said the WA Government had been slow to get hospitals up and running, even though it was in a major financial crisis.
“The WA Government has been slow in putting money into the health system, and it is not doing anything for the WA community,” he told the ABC.
‘No way we are going to be able to keep up’For patients, that means a wait of two to three weeks.
At the WA Hospital’s Western Australian Healthcare Centre, there are more than 30 beds, but some have not been filled for some time.
A new patient is transferred from the WCCS to a hospital in the Perth area.
Patients are transferred to the Perth hospital after arriving in the state.
For Dr Kelly, it is important for WA patients to know where they can go to get treatment, particularly when they are sick.
“Patients do need to know that they can’t get to other hospitals unless they have the same type of equipment, so it is absolutely critical for them to have the type of care that they need,” he says.
“We are also very focused on our patients’ safety.”
The WA Health Service is trying to keep track of all of the patients who have been admitted to hospitals in recent weeks, but there are still delays, especially for people who are older or are frail.
“It is a real issue for us as we have a lot of older people and frail people, so we want to make sure that our patients are getting the right care,” Dr Kelly said.