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Metro South Health's first challenge - Nobody wants to be in hospital if they don't need to be - is underway. The Ideas Jam is now closed, but you can view the ideas by visiting the Ideas Jam platform.
Hospitals are an integral element of the Australian health services landscape, providing specialist health care services, complex medical and surgical procedures, and rehabilitation and mental health services.
We know from a patient perspective however, that when people are well enough, the best ongoing care and recovery environment is not in hospitals—it is in the community, close to family, social support and local health and community care services including their general practitioner, allied health professional or pharmacist, and community programs.
But there are several issues that can and do delay a patient’s timely discharge and result in a patient being ‘stranded’ in hospital, including: waiting for more tests, lack of suitable community accommodation or other supports, lack of supportive equipment to continue their care in the community, lack of transport, waiting for disability or health care packages, poor access to or utilisation of technology to continue their recovery at home, and more.
If patients are staying longer in hospital than they need to be because they are stranded, it means others who are really sick do not have a place to go because our hospitals are full. This puts stress on a health system that is already under pressure.
Addressing the issue of stranded patients and patient recovery in the community will not only benefit patients, their families and carers, it will also help to improve access to existing hospital beds.
If your idea is selected, you could be invited to join a team of collaborators during the Design phase. Over nine weeks and with expert guidance, the team will refine your idea, and rapidly develop and test tangible solutions. Read more about our process or contact the Futures Lab team.