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The Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Social Work Department has expanded its on call weekend service to the Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit, by launching a seven day service.
The service, which now runs from 8.30am to 10pm each day, will operate for the remainder of the 2017-18 financial year.
Director Social Work Sue Cumming said the service would be evaluated with the aim of securing recurrent funding.
“Research has shown that the presence of Social Work in the ED using an extended-hours model improves outcomes at an individual patient level and organisational level,” she said.
“The extended service means we can offer an enhanced continuity of care for patients requiring admission, and relieve other staff from having to provide a psycho-social intervention."
“We also expect to see a reduction in frequent representations, unnecessary admissions, reduced length of stay for patient requiring admission and divert patients to community based service providers where appropriate.”