More funding and staff for Mt Gambier Hospital

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

An additional $536,000 a year to boost the number of doctors headlines Country Health SA’s response to ealth SA’s response to HGgsjvdjdvjan independent review of Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service released today.

Country Health SA Chief Executive Officer Maree Geraghty said Country Health SA accepted the review’s 22 recommendations which focussed on increasing staff coverage, improving recruiting practices and ensuring staff are skilled and well supported.

“In November 2016, I commissioned an independent review into the care of emergency patients at Mount Gambier Hospital,” Ms Geraghty said.

“We have now received the review team’s report and recommendations, and are working through the timeframes for their implementation.”

Ms Geraghty said a number of the recommendations had already been completed or were progressing, such as recruiting a new Emergency Department Director, physicians and triage nurses.

“Implementing all of the recommendations will take some time, but as each one is completed it will strengthen the high quality of services we provide to the local community,” Ms Geraghty said.

“Importantly, the report acknowledges our many skilled doctors, nurses and allied health staff at Mount Gambier, and praises them and those who manage the health service for their dedication, both to patient care and to each other.

“Implementing these recommendations will ensure our dedicated staff at Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service continue to deliver high quality services to the local community for many years to come.”

The review was led by Australia’s former Chief Medical Officer, Professor Chris Baggoley, and Critical Care Nursing Director, Mr Andrew McGill. Its focus was the safety of emergency patients at Mount Gambier Hospital, together with patient flow through the Emergency Department and into the wards.

Ms Geraghty thanked the Mount Gambier District Health Service staff and the broader community for participating in the independent review.

“Nobody knows our local health services better than our staff and I thank them for getting involved with the review and for providing the review team with important feedback,” Ms Geraghty said.

“I also extend my thanks to the Mount Gambier Health Advisory Council for its continued support and its role in coordinating feedback received from members of the local community.”

More information about the independent review and a full copy is available on the Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service page.

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