Like many health care systems, Metro South Health’s approach to allocating resources has been based on historical patterns of use rather than current or projected data on demand and resource use. Given the increasing demand for endoscopy services as a result of improving technology, colorectal cancer screening and an ageing population, an endorsed strategy for future gastrointestinal endoscopy services in Metro South Health is needed to ensure the effective use of resources, improve patient care and avoid long waits for investigation and treatment.
Strategies that have been implemented thus far include:
The aim of the Metro South Health Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Strategy is to develop a service framework for the delivery of services. This will identify strategies to address the current backlog for endoscopy services, manage future demand and optimise the use of infrastructure and resources.