New St John WA Urgent Care centre in Cannington opens
- The first of four new St John WA Urgent Care centres will open on Monday 15 March 2021
- Urgent Care and Dental services are being added to St John WA’s Cannington GP practice, which has relocated
- Additional Urgent Care centres to open in Midland in April, adding to the network of existing centres at Armadale, Cockburn and Joondalup, with more planned in the future.
The first of St John WA’s four new Urgent Care centres will open on Monday in Cannington as part of a Federal Government-funded trial to deliver urgent, but non-emergency care to patients who may normally go to a hospital emergency department for treatment.
The centre is part of a $28 million Federal Government commitment to develop and evaluate the urgent care model. The new centre targets patients who have sustained injuries such as sprains, broken bones or cuts that need stitches or similar treatment. It includes GP and general dental services, pathology, x-ray and plaster casting to improve healthcare access..
“Based on uptake at existing locations, we expect the new Cannington service to be very
popular. Many patients in WA attend ED for minor injuries and illnesses because they don’t see any alternative,” Mr Smithson said.
“To address this, St John Urgent Care is open for extended hours including, evenings and weekends every day of the year. For any life threatening emergency, patients should always go straight to ED, but for non-life threatening injuries and illnesses, St John Urgent Care is here when you need us.”
The new centres will add to the St John WA Urgent Care network which includes centres in Armadale, Joondalup and Cockburn. A new centre will open in Midland in April, and then early next year centres will open in Osborne Park and Mandurah.
“This growing network of Urgent Care services will further strengthen St John WA’s commitment to supporting West Australians with their healthcare needs,” Mr Smithson said.
The new Cannington clinic is located at 1472 Albany Highway, Beckenham at the junction of Nicholson road and Albany highway, near Kenwick Link, the centre has ample free parking for ease of access to the public. St John Urgent Care is open from 8am to 10pm, 365 days a year.