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