Halls Creek Hospital’s COVID response is ramping up with the service undergoing a number of improvements to help keep the community safe.
People coming to the hospital will notice changes immediately with a reconfigured waiting area and a separate zone for people with flu-like symptoms.
WA Country Health Service senior executive Melissa Vernon, who is on-the-ground at Halls Creek Hospital, said clinical staff are now treating everyone who comes to the hospital with a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, temperature, chills or sweats as a suspect COVID-19 case and performing a test.
“The community should be assured that our hospital is a safe place to be,” Ms Vernon said.
“The reconfiguration of our waiting area means those requiring non-COVID related health care are well protected from those who may be experiencing flu like symptoms.”
The news comes after four healthcare workers from the hospital tested positive in late March and early April.
According to Ms Vernon, a number of other staff were immediately placed in isolation as a precautionary measure to ensure no further spread of COVID-19.
“Dedicated local staff, COVID specialist teams and local stakeholders have all played a part in ensuring the hospital remained fully operational throughout this time,” she said.
“We’ve also had specialist COVID teams providing advice on how we can improve our patient flow processes to further protect the Halls Creek community.
“In a truly remarkable show of dedication and professionalism, everyone has come together to keep the hospital open for the community at a time where maintaining their health and wellbeing is more important than ever.”
Ms Vernon said Halls Creek Hospital had also had great support from Yura Yungi Medical Service, local police, the Halls Creek Shire and local businesses.
“It has been an extraordinary example of how a country community pulls together in times of need,” she said.
Local community members held a smoking ceremony outside the hospital to promote wellness and the facility has undergone a super clean.