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Metro South Health clinicians are cutting waiting lists and delivering better healthcare to more people in south Brisbane, Logan and Bayside communities.
Mr Terry White, Board Chair said Metro South Health delivered impressive service improvements in the 2013-14 year, including reducing oral health long-waits to zero.
“It has been a busy year for Metro South Health staff, with 260,869 people presenting to Metro South emergency departments, 201,155 people admitted to hospital and 201, 094 free dental appointments performed by dedicated clinicians,” Mr White said.
“Our clinicians worked hard over the past year to improve emergency department waiting times, with an improvement from 67 per cent in 2012-13 to 73 per cent in 2013-14.
“Metro South Health has the second highest elective surgery performance for the state of Queensland, and our clinicians performed 24, 546 elective surgeries in 2013-14, a 4.7 per cent increase on the previous year, as well as reduced elective surgery long-waits for category 1 surgery to zero.
“With a focus on frontline services, an additional 51 doctors, 283 nurses and 94 allied health practitioners were employed in 2013-14 to treat more patients in the Metro South district.
“The hard work of staff and greater efficiencies in health care delivery has led to an operating surplus of $32.1 million. In the coming year, this saving will be reinvested in tackling elective surgery waiting lists, national emergency access targets and delivering electronic medical records (ieMR) to more Metro South Health facilities.”
Mr White said in the past year Metro South Health doctors and midwives delivered 5, 562 babies and its dedicated midwives provided 19, 834 postnatal home visits to local mothers.
“These home visits were well above the target for the year and the best result from any Hospital and Health Service in Queensland,” Mr White said.
“Beaudesert Hospital also welcomed the arrival of its first babies in ten years after low-risk birthing and procedural services reopened, so mothers living in the Scenic Rim area can now have their babies closer to home and their families.
“A new Day Procedure and Treatment Unit opened at Princess Alexandra Hospital, which allows more procedures to be performed and goes a long way in reducing the waiting list for elective surgery.
“The Southern Queensland Centre of Excellence for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Primary Health Care was also opened, and is already achieving greater health outcomes for Queensland’s Indigenous peoples.”
Chief Executive Dr Richard Ashby said a number of innovative projects and programs were implemented during the year to improve service delivery and outcomes for patients in the Metro South area.
“We opened a number of new, world-class facilities, including an expanded emergency department and world-class endoscopy suite at QEII Jubilee Hospital to make significant inroads to the district’s waiting list and meet the needs of a growing south-east Queensland population,” Dr Ashby said.
“We introduced a program this year called Hospital in the Home that treats eligible patients in the comfort of their own home in the Bayside and Logan areas. This is delivered in partnership with BlueCare and allows vital hospital beds to remain free for those who need it most.
“To top off an eventful year, Princess Alexandra Hospital was designated as a prestigious Magnet facility for the third time. Magnet is an international nursing credentialing program and is the highest recognition for nursing excellence that can be attained internationally.”
Dr Ashby said Metro South Health continues to take great pride in its staff, who work tirelessly to provide high quality health care to local communities.
“Our staff and particularly our clinicians, have been crucial in improving clinical services to ensure they better meet the needs of the community, and we look forward to continuing this trend in the coming year.”