The $2 million Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia will open it's emergency department doors this morning (3 February).
At the same time, Fremantle Hospital emergency department will close.
The opening of the emergency department marks the third and largest phase of Fiona Stanley Hospital
, which also includes the opening of acute services including paediatrics, coronary care, mental health and cancer services.
Premier Colin Barnett said months of planning between the Department of Health, WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, St John Ambulance and Main Roads Western Australia, have gone into this logistical exercise.
“All that hard work is paying off with Fiona Stanley Hospital now almost fully operational, which is itself a milestone in the delivery of the best possible health care in the best possible facilities this State has to offer,” Premier Barnett said.
Health Minister Kim Hames said staff at the emergency department at Fiona Stanley Hospital would see about 95,000 patients a year.
“The emergency department has an innovative layout with separate entrances for children and adults, which means patients have access to specialised trauma care,” Dr Hames said.
The fourth and final stage of the Fiona Stanley Hospital opening will see the commencement of complex heart and lung transplant services.