Model gives first-class care

Seymour Telegraph - - NEWS -

Sey­mour Health and lo­cal GPs have col­lab­o­rated to in­tro­duce a new and in­no­va­tive model of care for week­ends in­volv­ing highly-skilled nurse prac­ti­tion­ers.

This ser­vice, which will be­gin on May 5, aims to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble health care to meet the chang­ing needs of our com­mu­nity.

The proac­tive de­ci­sion to in­tro­duce nurse prac­ti­tion­ers was jointly agreed to by Sey­mour Health and the town’s gen­eral prac­tice clin­ics.

A nurse prac­ti­tioner is an ad­vanced prac­tice reg­is­tered nurse who has been en­dorsed to in­ves­ti­gate, di­ag­nose, treat and re­fer pa­tients of all ages with a va­ri­ety of acute and chronic con­di­tions.

The ini­tia­tive uses highly ex­pe­ri­enced and ex­pertly trained nurse prac­ti­tion­ers to pro­vide the ex­pert care that the Sey­mour com­mu­nity de­serves.

Three ex­pert nurse prac­ti­tion­ers with nu­mer­ous years of nurs­ing ex­pe­ri­ence in emer­gency and acute care com­bined with clin­i­cal lead­er­ship, re­search and academia will pro­vide the week­end ser­vice.

Dr Tash Jen­nings is an emer­gency nurse prac­ti­tioner at a ma­jor metro emer­gency depart­ment, where she pi­o­neered the devel­op­ment of the role.

En­dorsed nurse prac­ti­tioner Dr Grainne Lowe has ex­ten­sive in­ter­est in the med­i­ca­tion man­age­ment process.

Dr Kathy Tori has ad­vanced qual­i­fi­ca­tions in the spe­cialty prac­tice ar­eas of crit­i­cal care, trauma man­age­ment and ru­ral and re­mote nurs­ing.

To­gether, these se­nior and ded­i­cated nurse prac­ti­tion­ers bring a level of ex­pert care to Sey­mour Health.

Lo­cal GPs Eliot Jar­man and Rob Peter­son fully en­dorse the move.

They said Sey­mour res­i­dents could be as­sured of first-class care.

‘‘The Goul­burn River Group Prac­tice and Sey­mour Med­i­cal Clinic wel­come the nurse prac­ti­tioner model of care to Sey­mour Health and have full con­fi­dence in the high standard of care that will con­tinue to be pro­vided,’’ they said.

Sey­mour Health has suc­cess­fully sup­ported a nurse prac­ti­tioner model of care since 2007. Many com­mu­nity mem­bers would be fa­mil­iar with the qual­ity of care pro­vided by cur­rent and past nurse prac­ti­tion­ers Pet­tina Hodg­son and De­bra Bourne.

For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, phone act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Jo Cav­ill on 5793 6100.

Nurse Prac­ti­tion­ers: Kathy Tori, Grainne Lowe and Tash Jen­nings.

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