Harvest Season Health Warning (PDF 153KB)
South Australian farmers are being encouraged to look after their mental wellbeing and take some time out for themselves during the busy harvest period. Nicole Jones, Acting Director of Mental Health Strategic Operations for Country Health SA, said it can be a stressful time of year for grain producers, so it is important that they are aware of their physical and mental wellbeing.
Pharmacy services boost for country hospitals-Riverland Mallee Coorong region (PDF 178 KB)
Country hospitals will receive increased pharmaceutical support under a new program being piloted in the Riverland Mallee Coorong Region. The Riverland General Hospital’s purpose-built pharmacy department, which opened in 2014, will become a regional hub for services which were previously provided on a site-by-site basis by various private contractors. SA Pharmacy Director of Country Pharmacy Services, Jenny Pink, said the department will service hospitals and acute care at Berri, Loxton, Waikerie, Barmera, Renmark, Lameroo and Pinnaroo.
New senior nurse roles to continue strengthening country hospital (PDF 175KB)
Senior nurses working across regional areas will provide additional support and leadership to local hospitals under a new model of governance being rolled out throughout country South Australia. Country Health SA Director of Nursing and Midwifery Services, Lyn Olsen, said the creation of six new Regional Directors of Nursing and Midwifery will also help build strong relationships between country hospitals. “Our Directors of Nursing and Midwifery and all of our nurses based in country hospitals do an outstanding job meeting the challenges of providing quality nursing services to the local community,” said Ms Olsen.
Have a say on South East Health ServiceS (PDF 166kb)
South East residents are being invited to provide their views on health services in the district via a new community engagement initiative. Regional Director of the South East Health Service (SEHS), Jayne Downs, called on locals to join the SEHS Community Network, which will see a diverse ‘pool’ of people from across the district provide feedback. “Community network members will provide us with a really important viewpoint on new ideas, projects or developments to support the care we provide,” said Ms Downs. “You tell us what areas of health you are interested in, and how you want to be involved – be it attending forums from time to time, sitting on committees or helping ensure our written health information is easily understood before we publish it. “We are looking forward to working with the community to ensure our health services continue to be welcoming and safe, with locals at the centre of everything we do.”
A ray of sunshine at Murray Bridge Hospital (PDF 149KB)
Locals are being encouraged to don a yellow T-shirt and sign up as a Sunshiner volunteer at the Murray Bridge Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital. The band of volunteers is currently appealing for new recruits who will help support patients and staff and raise funds to provide additional hospital amenities. Director of Nursing and Midwifery Karen Hollitt said the volunteers aimed to make patients’ time in hospital as pleasant as possible. “The volunteers provide a number of services in the hospital, from delivering afternoon tea and tending to flowers, through to assisting nurses with non-medical tasks and organising fundraising activities such as raffles and luncheons,” Ms Hollitt said.
New portable ultrasound for South Coast District Hospital (PDF 150KB)
A new $60,000 portable ultrasound machine is now in use at the South Coast District Hospital. The machine was purchased by the South Coast District Hospital Auxiliary and will be used in the hospital’s emergency and maternity departments. Director of nursing and midwifery, Anne Price said the new machine could be easily wheeled to where it was needed, allowing earlier diagnosis and treatment decisions for patients. “This ultrasound machine is specially designed for emergency department purposes and will be used for a wide variety of applications including assisting with difficult venous access and nerve blocks to relieve pain,” Ms Price said. “With the new portable machine we can more easily assess patients for foreign bodies such as metal fragments/glass in wounds and identify intra-abdominal bleeding from trauma. “The ultrasound is also a valuable addition to the hospital’s maternity department.”
Dancers' Palliative Care room donation for South Coast District Hospital (PDF 198KB)
A new palliative care room will be established at the South Coast District Hospital thanks to a $10,000 donation by the Victor Harbor Social Dancing Association. Director of nursing and midwifery, Anne Price said the money would be used to upgrade an existing room for use as a palliative care suite. “This generous donation will allow us to create a welcoming and comfortable space for patients and family members staying in the palliative care room,” Ms Price said. “The room will feature a kitchenette and fold-out bed, while the bathroom will undergo minor upgrades. “It’s about making the space as welcoming as possible and an inviting stay away from home.
Kapunda Sterilisation trial start date (PDF 150KB)
The trial of a new offsite sterilisation model for the Kapunda Hospital will begin next Tuesday, 6 October. Country Health SA Barossa Hills and Fleurieu Regional Director Debbie Martin said the Kapunda Hospital has been working with the Gawler Health Service on a ‘desktop’ sterilisation trial in preparation for the ‘live’ 12 month trial.
Call for Service Providers commences at Mount Gambier Hospital
Country Health SA is seeking interest in the provision of two important services at Mount Gambier Hospital. South East Regional Director Jayne Downs said specialists can now put forward proposals to provide orthopaedic emergency and surgical services at Mount Gambier Hospital, while a similar process will also be undertaken for the hospital’s ophthalmology service. “As required by SA Government procurement guidelines, a call for interest and proposals for the provision of orthopaedic services at Mount Gambier Hospital has now been released to the market,” Ms Downs said.
Naracoorte Medical Services
Medical services at Naracoorte Hospital will continue to be provided by locum doctors following a decision by Kincraig Medical Clinic to reject a new service contract with Country Health SA. Chief Medical Advisor Dr Peter Chapman said Country Health SA had put forward a fair and reasonable offer to Kincraig Medical Clinic. “We are disappointed that Kincraig Medical Clinic has decided not to accept a new standard GP contract, with almost 100 per cent of rural doctors across the state having committed to this approach,” Dr Chapman said.
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