District’s best health provider
Finley’s Lakeside Medical Centre has been crowned Healthcare Provider of the Year at the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network’s annual Primary Healthcare Awards.
MPHN CEO Melissa Neal said the team at Lakeside Medical Centre’s dedication to improving health care services available to the Finley community is exemplary.
‘‘Of particular note, Lakeside Medical Centre has been working hard to encourage their patients to take ownership of their health and wellbeing through improving health literacy and promoting health lifestyle choices,’’ Ms Neal said.
‘‘The team has also started using medical assistants and nurse-led clinics for chronic disease management which means they have more time to educate patients about self-management of their conditions.
‘‘These initiatives aim to reduce hospital admissions and helps empower patients with the knowledge and understanding to improve their self-care.’’
Lakeside Medical Centre practice manager Catherine Ryan said she was honoured to accept the award on behalf of the closeknit team who had worked hard to improve patient care.
‘‘The practice now has the ability to screen more patients due to our commitment to train a dedicated medical assistant and developing nurse-led clinics,’’ Ms Ryan said.
‘‘We also have improved integration and referral processes to allied health services which has been welcomed by our patients.
‘‘We are seeing better health outcomes for our patients, as we are now able to conduct initial screening and collect patient data which is resulting in more meaningful GP consultations.’’
Ms Neal said the awards are to recognise the hard work and achievements of our healthcare providers.
‘‘As a commissioner of several healthcare services throughout the Murrumbidgee, I’m pleased to see and hear about the real improvements our healthcare providers are making to the health and lives of people living in our region,” she said.
(From left) Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network treasurer David Friedlieb, Lakeside Medical Centre practice manager Catherine Ryan, centre staff Sarah Congram and Rebecca Haynes and MPHN director Donna McLean at the awards ceremony.