Pa­tient care is a pri­or­ity across the Wide Bay re­gion

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

COM­MU­NI­TIES across the Wide Bay can be con­fi­dent in the con­tin­u­ing growth of lo­cal public health ser­vices.

The Wide Bay Hos­pi­tal and Health Ser­vice an­nual re­port pro­vides a com­pre­hen­sive over­view of the achieve­ments in de­liv­er­ing pa­tient-cen­tred care and im­prov­ing the health and well­be­ing of its com­mu­nity.

The board and the ex­ec­u­tive worked to­gether to im­prove the bud­get, en­abling funds to be used to­wards lo­cal health ser­vices and pro­vid­ing the re­sources needed to shorten wait­ing lists

In the 2014-15 fi­nan­cial year, WBHHS had 934,385 pa­tient con­tacts, in­clud­ing 115,248 emer­gency pre­sen­ta­tions, 75,380 ad­mis­sions to hos­pi­tals and 308,205 out­pa­tient ap­point­ments.

Min­is­ter for Health and Am­bu­lance Ser­vices Cameron Dick said the re­sults achieved by the staff at the Wide Bay HHS were ex­cel­lent.

“The Wide Bay HHS An­nual Re­port cap­tures the re­sults of the staff, de­mon­strat­ing their hard work, ded­i­ca­tion and on­go­ing com­mit­ment to de­liv­er­ing safe, qual­ity care to pa­tients and their fam­i­lies,” he said.

Even though clin­i­cal ac­tiv­ity in­creased in the last fi­nan­cial year, WBHHS has some of the short­est wait­ing times in Queens­land for out­pa­tient ap­point­ments, di­ag­nos­tic pro­ce­dures and elec­tive surgery.

Mr Pen­ning­ton said that wait­ing times were only one of the many high­lights of the an­nual re­port and thanked the clin­i­cal and non-clin­i­cal staff who all con­trib­uted to WBHHS in the last fi­nan­cial year.

“In the last year, the WBHHS achieved four-year ac­cred­i­ta­tion across all fa­cil­i­ties, sig­nif­i­cantly re­duced oral health wait­ing times and has be­gun to roll out ser­vice-spe­cific strate­gic plans for can­cer care, ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing and media and com­mu­ni­ca­tions.”

He said our staff has a great com­mit­ment to our pa­tients and I am con­fi­dent that to­gether we will con­tinue to build a health ser­vice that pro­vides out­stand­ing health care for our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

PHOTO: JODIE DIXON

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