Urol­ogy changes but ser­vice will con­tinue

Warragul & Drouin Gazette - - NEWS -

Urol­ogy ser­vices are not be­ing re­moved by West Gipp­s­land Healthcare Group de­spite some fears that pa­tients will no longer have ac­cess to cur­rent urol­o­gists.

WGHG act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Justin Walsh has con­firmed urol­ogy ser­vices were not end­ing.

A let­ter from one of the cur­rent urol­o­gists to a lo­cal pa­tient said “all three of the cur­rent urol­o­gists have had their ad­mit­ting rights re­moved as of late in 2017 and as such will not be able to per­form pro­ce­dures at the hos­pi­tal.”

Mr Walsh said this was the case but said a new ser­vice would be in­tro­duced, which would be a more com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice to treat more pa­tients.

Mr Walsh said they had sought ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to ten­der out the ser­vice from July 1.

“We want to bring about a more com­pre­hen­sive ser­vice for urol­ogy.

“At the mo­ment the three urol­o­gists man­age their own wait list. The new ar­range­ment would be a group that will pro­vide a full ser­vice, very sim­i­lar to the pae­di­atric ser­vices,” he said.

Mr Walsh ex­plained the three urol­o­gists with cur­rent ad­mit­ting rights at the hos­pi­tal ran their own surgery lists with their own pa­tients.

He said the new ar­range­ment would al­low pa­tients to be pooled to achieve bet­ter ser­vice lev­els among the spe­cial­ists and re­duce wait­ing lists for surgery and ap­point­ments.

“This is a favourable thing for the com­mu­nity. It will bring im­proved con­ti­nu­ity of care, pooled wait lists and will; be much more pa­tient fo­cussed.

Mr Walsh said the ex­ist­ing urol­o­gists could put in a ten­der to work as a team with oth­ers.

“But we don’t want the frac­tured ser­vice cur­rently pro­vided,” he said.

Mr Walsh said surgery lists should be a shared list be­tween spe­cial­ists and the hos­pi­tal to en­sure pa­tients were seen to within rec­om­mended time­frames.

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