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Question Without Notice No. 371 asked in the Legislative Council on 17 April 2020 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon R.H. Cook
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 17 April 2020

CORONAVIRUS — REGIONAL HEALTH CAMPUSES

371. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the parliamentary secretary representing the Minister for Health:

Concerned voices in my electorate continue to grow regarding the government's plan to handle an outbreak of COVID-19 in regional towns.

(1) Does the government have a plan for a situation in which a regional hospital reaches maximum capacity of COVID-19 patients?

(2) If no to (1), why not?

(3) If yes to (1), what is that plan and how quickly can health authorities implement that plan?

Hon ALANNA CLOHESY replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) Yes. Surge plans for COVID-19 are being finalised for all regional hospitals.

(2) Not applicable.

(3) The Department of Health has developed whole of WA health system response plans. Frameworks for surging general and ventilated bed capacity have been developed. The implementation is agile and creates capacity when and where required. Transport and retrieval plans have also been developed. A whole of WA patient flow command centre will assist with patient movements as required. The Department of Health and the WA Country Health Service are working on a rapid deployment process for all staff deployments.