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Consultation key to Mount Gambier Hospital review

Friday, 2 December 2016

Staff engagement and community consultation will be a central component of Country Health SA’s independent review of Mount Gambier Hospital.

The review team will spend four days at the Hospital, meeting with staff and observing and assessing how the emergency department currently works.

Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty said that staff have been invited to attend meetings and discussions with the review team and are able to give written submissions as well. The broader community will also be able to provide feedback via the Mount Gambier and Districts Health Advisory Council.

“The Mount Gambier Health Advisory Council regularly provides advice on health service needs, priorities and issues,” Ms Geraghty said.

“We have enormous respect for the HAC and appreciate its willingness to provide a mechanism through which the community can share its views with the review team.”

As outlined in the terms of reference, the review team will examine the scope of practice and skill mix of emergency department nursing staff, identify actions needed for the hospital to meet the National Emergency Access Target and explore:

  • clinical practices in the areas of triage, assessment, investigation, diagnosis, treatment and discharge
  • emergency department and ward workforce models
  • rostering practices
  • supervision models and practices
  • patient flow management
  • patient safety

It is expected that outcomes of the review will include recommendations about appropriate medical and nursing staffing levels and rostering practices, and about any further actions needed to support patient safety and clinical effectiveness.

The review will begin on 8 December 2016 and Country Health SA expects to receive its recommendations in early 2017.

Members of the community can send written submissions to the Mount Gambier Health Advisory Council, care of PO Box 267, Mount Gambier SA 5290.

Information about the review and community consultation is available on the Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service page.

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