Silver Chain is now officially an Emergency Telehealth Service (ETS) provider, which will improve access to emergency medicine services for the Lancelin community.
ETS is a WA Country Health Service initiative that allows our nurses to access highly trained, emergency medicine specialists using high definition video conferencing equipment installed at Silver Chain’s Lancelin Primary Health Centre.
Silver Chain General Manager, Country Services, Carole Bain, said the service is significant for the Lancelin community as it means that when nurses are treating patients in emergency situations, emergency medicine specialists who can provide expert advice are right there on the screen.
“Historically, people living in regional and remote areas of Western Australia have had limited access to specialist emergency care. ETS provides more people with access to potentially life-saving emergency medicine support,” Carole explained.
“We are very pleased to be the first non-government organisation to be welcomed into the ETS network and we look forward to working in partnership with the WA Country Health Service to provide this important service to the Lancelin community.”
An event was held at Silver Chain’s Lancelin Primary Health Centre, where the service was officially launched by Mr Shane Love MLA, Member for Moore. The Hon Martin Aldridge MLC, Member for the Agricultural Region, also attended, as well as guests from Silver Chain, the WA Country Health Service, the Shire and the local community.
The Emergency Telehealth Service is delivered by the WA Country Health Service and made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions half a billion dollar Southern Inland Health Initiative.