Royal Perth Hospital focuses on specialist, city health care

January 21, 2015

Royal Perth Hospital (RPH) will transfer some health services to other hospitals next month as the hospital becomes a central health care hub for city residents, visitors and workers.

RPH Acting Executive Director Dr Aresh Anwar said several services would move to other Perth hospitals and by mid-February RPH will become a 450-bed tertiary hospital.

"RPH will continue to be a major tertiary facility and play an important role in the delivery of health services in Perth,” said Dr Anwar.

“Our experienced and dedicated teams will provide patients with specialised surgical services, tertiary mental health, specialist medical services and a range of same-day clinical services, including emergency medicine.

“The change taking place is about matching our areas of expertise with the requirements of people in Perth and beyond.”

Several services will transition from RPH to Fiona Stanley Hospital on 7 February 2015, including renal and bone marrow transplant services, the Adult Burns Service, cardiothoracic and cancer services.

“Patients can be assured they will continue to receive high-level care throughout the transition period from RPH to other hospitals in Perth,” said Dr Anwar.

“We have set up a public information line for those wanting to know more about the changes and our medical and administrative personnel are well informed and prepared to support the transition.”

The changes taking place within the broader south metropolitan hospital network will ensure that all hospitals and health services, including RPH, are structured appropriately to meet community needs. 

“With these changes, it is important that people are aware of their nearest Emergency Department,” said Dr Anwar.

“Although RPH’s Emergency Department will continue to provide emergency services, for some people, RPH will no longer be their closest hospital so be sure to find out the location of your closest emergency department.”

For more information email rph.general.enquiries@health.wa.gov.au or contact the public information line on (08) 9224 1959 or visit rph.health.wa.gov.au