Sup­port ser­vices

Melville Times - - News -

Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal pa­tients will have ac­cess to a new ser­vice this year to man­age their health.

PA­TIENTS with chronic con­di­tions dis­charged from Fiona Stan­ley Hospi­tal will have ac­cess to a new sup­port ser­vice this year to help man­age their health and avoid re-hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion.

A Com­mu­nity Link Booth worth $92,000, funded by Lot­tery­west, has been planned for the Mur­dochbased hospi­tal to as­sist out­pa­tients in ac­cess­ing com­mu­nity sup­port ser­vices spe­cific to their needs.

The brain­child of Con­nec­tGroups chief ex­ec­u­tive An­tonella Se­gre, the booth will be a “one-stop-shop” run by vol­un­teers to help sup­port pa­tients as they leave hospi­tal and need to con­tinue their health man­age­ment at home.

“Aus­tralian hospi­tal sta­tis­tics show that in 201516 there were over 65,000 po­ten­tially pre­ventable hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions in WA; these are hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tions that could have been pre­vented by timely and ap­pro­pri­ate com­mu­ni­ty­based health­care, such as non-clin­i­cal sup­port groups or ser­vices that help in­di­vid­u­als with con­di­tion self­man­age­ment,” Ms Se­gre said.

The booth, which is sched­uled to open in Oc­to­ber, will be at the en­trance of the hospi­tal.

To be­come a vol­un­teer, call Con­nec­tGroups on 9364 6909 or email [email protected]­nec­tgroups.org.au.

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d484694

Staff mem­bers and vol­un­teers Fiona Hughes, Linda Duffy, Amanda Muir, Fay Ba­hemia and Jua­naili Hultzsch are ready to help the chron­i­cally ill.

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