New transport processes
Transporting patients is an important community service offered by Halls Creek Hospital and the facility has recently made some changes to patient transport processes to help keep the community safe.
“Throughout COVID-19, we would prefer everyone uses their own transport wherever possible,” the WA Country Health Service’s Melissa Vernon said.
“If no transport is available, ring the hospital and nursing staff will help you – they’ll assess your health need and determine the best solution.
“If you do require an ambulance, rest assured St John Ambulance and the Department of Fire and Emergency Services have been running training sessions with hospital orderly staff on COVID-specific transportation and the correct use of personal protective equipment.”
Containment of COVID cases
Halls Creek Hospital has become the benchmark for COVID containment in small country hospitals in the Kimberley.
There have been no new cases since the initial outbreak and almost all staff members who self-isolated as a precaution have been cleared to return to work.
The WA Country Health Service’s Melissa Vernon said the service had learnt a lot in a short period of time.
“I would like to thank the community for working with us to make sure we have a 24/7 emergency and hospital service that meets your needs,” she said.
“The Halls Creek community is strong and together we will continue to fight COVID-19.”