The WA Country Health Service has seen over 65,000 emergency presentations in the Kimberley throughout 2018.
Regional Director Bec Smith said it had been a particularly busy year across the region’s health services.
“It’s easy to forget that the Kimberley extends almost half a million square kilometres and that we save thousands of lives across our very large patch each year,” Ms Smith said.
“Collectively in 2018, Broome, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Halls Creek, Kununurra and Wyndham have seen 65,601 emergency presentations alone,” she added.
Ms Smith said the figure acted as a testament to all WA Country Health Service staff in the region but did not represent the thousands of additional patients who received scheduled treatment throughout the year.
“Of course I have to acknowledge our incredible doctors and nurses on the frontline, but as we know behind the scenes – it takes a team to save a life,” she said.
“After all, without the (operating) theatre cleaner, there can’t be surgery,” she added.
Ms Smith recognised the hard work of the region’s health workers and support and administrative staff when reflecting on the year.
“A particular highlight for me has been the opening of our renal hostels in Derby and Fitzroy Crossing,” she said.
“It’s easy to forget that without this service, we’d have some very vulnerable patients travelling all the way to Perth for treatment,” she added.
On behalf of the WA Country Health Service, Ms Smith wished the region a safe and Merry Christmas and thanked the frontline staff who would continue working over the festive period.
“We don’t stop – when most people take a step back and have a well-deserved break, our frontliners continue working and continue saving lives,” she said.