Kaleeya Hospital Must Be Retained
Adele, with Kellie Martindill and baby Eden, is urging the State Government to retain Kaleeya Hospital in East Fremantle as a specialist women’s hospital.
She says Kaleeya should be kept open when the new Fiona Stanley Hospital opens in 2014 to ease the predicted strain on obstetric services in the south metropolitan region.
While the Fiona Stanley Hospital will cater for all categories of obstetric services including high risk pregnancies and pre-term babies needing specialist tertiary care, Kaleeya should be retained to support low to medium risk births.
“It concerns me that we are removing opportunities for women to birth in low risk environments.”
“There are many advantages in terms of both health costs and benefits to women and their babies from having low risk birthing facilities available in community settings, relieving the burden on tertiary hospitals where higher risk cases must come first.”
“Closing Kaleeya hospital would not be in the best interests of public health, particularly for obstetric services in the South Metropolitan Region, based on current and projected birthing statistics,” the Fremantle Independent MP said.
The new Fiona Stanley hospital will be able to accommodate 2000 deliveries with the potential to expand to 2,400 eventually.
Currently Kaleeya and Bentley hospitals, which cater for low to medium risk deliveries, are projected to have 2,300 deliveries in 2012. “Those figures show there is likely to be a considerable strain on the Fiona Stanley Hospital if Kaleeya Hospital is closed, with the projected figures outnumbering available beds at the new hospital.”
Adele recently visited Kaleeya and was impressed by the high calibre of obstetric facilities and services currently available to women there.
“The Government should recognise that Kaleeya boasts an impressive medical, midwifery, nursing and managerial workforce, with a number of high profile specialists with five well equipped operating suites, which are able to cater for all neonatal, obstetric, gynaecological and other surgical procedures,” she said.
Adele has written to the Health Minister, Dr Kim Hames, urging the Government to retain Kaleeya Hospital. Hames -Kaleeya 09 07 2012