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30 December 2013

Advice on access to emergency medical care during Cyclone Christine preparations

The WA Country Health Service Pilbara wishes to advise residents of Karratha, Port Hedland and surrounding districts of health service access in the lead up to and during Cyclone Christine.

During Yellow Alert, people in Karratha requiring urgent medical care can access Nickol Bay Hospital however, it is recommended that only emergency patients or those requiring urgent care come to the hospital during this time.

As is usual practice in the lead up to a cyclone, an emergency medical team will be managing patients and where possible, transferring to other hospitals that are not in the predicted path of the cyclone.

Upon Red Alert status, an Emergency Medical Response Team will be located in the Karratha Leisureplex (Cyclone Evacuation Centre) immediately adjacent to Nickol Bay Hospital. This is where more people and services are expected to locate to ensure safe refuge.

Please do not go to Nickol Bay Hospital during a Red Alert. Medical staff will only be available at the Karratha Leisureplex.

Port Hedland residents are advised that they can seek urgent medical attention at the Hedland Health Campus.

If you require urgent medical care for life threatening illness or injury, please contact 000.

Please heed the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) warnings and do not drive on RED ALERT

If you require advice regarding a medical condition, please contact Health Direct on 1800 022 222.

During Red Alert, people with existing medical conditions are asked to self-manage until the all clear is given by the emergency services and hospital services return to normal. The WA Country Health Service has been liaising with outpatients to ensure they are adequately prepared for a severe cyclone event.

Health Direct is a 24-hour phone service which can be contacted on 1800 022 222.

Media contact: WACHS Communications 9222 6499.

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