Future of FHHS in safe hands

FHHS commissioning team look at plans for the future of the hospital
Fremantle Hospital and Health Service Commissioning, Transition and Reconfiguration Team Senior Project Officer Leesa Kerr, Executive Director David Blythe and Commissioning, Transition and Reconfiguration Lead Annie Thompson look over plans for the hospital.
January 20, 2015

Fremantle Hospital and Health Service (FHHS) Executive Director Dr David Blythe and Commissioning, Transition and Reconfiguration Lead Annie Thompson are busy guiding the immediate and long term future activity at the hospital.

The pair are leading the FHHS Commissioning Team, which includes Leesa Kerr, Lynne Whitworth and Candice Phillips, who are overseeing the health service’s transition to becoming a specialist hospital

The team has already overseen successful transitions, including:

  • The Hyperbaric Medicine Unit from FHHS to FSH
  • The Ward V6 general medical and Kaleeya Hospital’s Amity Ward rehabilitation service patient swap
  • Amity general medical patients and service transition to FSH
  • Kaleeya Hospital’s closure and transfer of maternity and neonatal services to FSH.

The team’s next priority is the Phase 3 transition of services, which includes moving many FHHS services to FSH on February 1 and the closure of Fremantle Hospital’s Emergency Department and simultaneous opening of the FSH Emergency Department on February 3.

Planning is ongoing for Fremantle Hospital’s future to be sustained as a specialist 300-bed hospital.

The team has been working to ensure FHHS has the service delivery models, workforce, systems, policies and procedures, equipment, information technology and infrastructure required to support the operation of the reconfigured specialist service.

From 3 February, 2015 Fremantle Hospital’s focus will change from providing acute and tertiary-type care to delivering essential specialised services including aged care/subacute care, secondary rehabilitation, mental health, elective surgery and general medical services.

The changes are all in line with the long term vision for FHHS to be “small enough to care, big enough to succeed.”