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Outpatient Imaging Services at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital

Earlier this year, KPMG was commissioned to provide a report into the options for the management of outpatient radiology at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH). Radiology at the new RAH is a distributed imaging model with separate outpatients, emergency department and inpatient areas.

The report from KPMG (PDF 13MB) has been provided to SA Health and is now released to staff and unions for consideration of the options and issues identified in it. (Please note some data pages have been removed as they may be sensitive in terms of the operation of imaging services across the hospital network.)

In preparing the report, KPMG consulted with staff, referring clinicians and unions about the requirements, referral patterns and operating models for medical imaging services at the new RAH.

The KPMG review team was asked to assess the impact of outpatient imaging services being delivered by current in-house resources, or, alternatively, the services being delivered by an external provider. The use of an external provider would enable staff to focus on delivering services to patients in ED and inpatients.

With respect to existing staff at the RAH, regardless of the outcome, current employees will be retained to provide imaging services at the new RAH. There is no proposal to reduce staff and in fact the new imaging model will require additional nursing and allied health staff.

Next steps

There will now be a two-week consultation period for this report.

Due to the imminent opening date of the new RAH, SA Health will now test the market to confirm that there is interest from private providers in undertaking this work.

There are a range of factors that need to be fully considered before any changes could be made to the current model to ensure the service is maintained, including quality and safety, cost effectiveness and education and training.

Once the tender and the feedback have been assessed, a decision will be made as to which option will be implemented in the new hospital.

How to provide feedback

Consultation on the report closes on Friday 7 July 2017. Feedback can be provided via email to Health.DocumentationSAMedicalImaging@sa.gov.au by close of business on Friday 7 July 2017.

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