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6 December 2013

Kaleeya services to transfer to Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals

  • Kaleeya Hospital services to transfer to Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals and facility to close in late 2014
  • High-quality patient care maintained and changes will not result in job losses
  • Obstetric services to transfer to new state-of-the-art service at FSH, sub-acute services to Fremantle Hospital and elective surgery services distributed between both
  • Government approval for sale of Kaleeya Hospital following transfer of services and facility closure

Health Minister Kim Hames today confirmed Kaleeya Hospital will close following the transfer of all of its services to Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals from late November 2014.

The transfer of Kaleeya Hospitals services will see all obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatal services moving to the new $2billion Fiona Stanley Hospital; sub-acute services, such as aged care, to Fremantle Hospital; and elective surgery distributed between both hospitals.

Dr Hames said the changes were part of the transformation of health services in the south metropolitan area to meet its growing health care needs.

"The transfer of Kaleeya Hospitals services to Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals is part of an unprecedented level of clinical service reform and infrastructure development to increase the capacity of our health service and provide the best possible health care to the community," he said.

"By transferring Kaleeya Hospitals maternity services to the new Fiona Stanley Hospital, women in the south metropolitan region will have access to 36 brand new maternity beds, eight labour rooms and 18 neonatal cots, including those able to support high-risk births."

"Elective surgery will be distributed between Fiona Stanley and Fremantle hospitals, with Fiona Stanley to accommodate the high acuity and complex cases."

The Minister said meticulous planning for the transition of services was well under way.

"Patient care is always our top priority, and patients can expect to continue to receive top quality care before, during and after the transition of services," he said.

"Staff at Kaleeya Hospital can be assured these changes in services will not result in any job losses. WA Health has already started engaging with staff about the relocation and deployment process, which requires clinical staff to nominate their preferred work locations."

Fiona Stanley Hospital will be opened progressively in a four-phased sequence beginning in October next year. The transfer of Kaleeya services is planned to take place during the second stage, in late November and December 2014.

Kaleeya Hospital will close following the full transfer of all services, and the State Government has approved the subsequent proposed sale of the facility.

      Fact File

  • Kaleeya Hospital was established in 1989. It is a 75-bed facility providing obstetrics and gynaecological services, elective and ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation and endoscopy
  • Kaleeya employs 168 FTE clinical staff including doctors, nurses and allied health professionals and 64 FTE non-clinical stuff including catering staff, orderlies, patient care assistants and administrative staff
  • Closure of Kaleeya Hospital is part of the major reconfiguration being undertaken by South Metropolitan Health Service to restructure the regions health service delivery to meet the evolving needs of a growing population. More information at http://www.southmetropolitan.health.wa.gov.au

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