Children can come to the Emergency Department but should be supervised by an adult at all times.
Treatment is not provided on a first in, first served basis. Everyone in Emergency who needs care will be seen. People with less severe illnesses or injuries will need to wait longer for treatment than people with more urgent medical needs.
Everyone who comes to an Emergency Department will see a triage nurse. Triage is a medical assessment process to see how ill a patient is. This helps them to work out which patients need urgent care. During triage, patients are given a rating from one to five. A rating of 1is given to patients who need the most urgent care. Patients with a rating of 5 can expect a longer wait to see a doctor than those with lower ratings.
A family member or friend is welcome to be with you. They may be asked to leave the room for any assessment or procedures but may return when they are completed.
A test or operation may be necessary that requires an empty stomach. We recommend that you don’t eat or drink while waiting for care.
In some cases patients are transferred to another hospital for specialist treatment.
Mobile phones may only be used with discretion in sign posted non-clinical areas such as hallways, reception areas, however mobile phone use should be kept to a minimum throughout Western Health premises.
Mobile phones are not to be used in patient care areas.
Mobile phones are not to be used within two meters of any medical electronic equipment.