For Immediate Release: Tuesday 11 February 2020
ALEXANDRA DISTRICT HEALTH UNDERTAKES STATE SURGERY FRAMEWORK ASSESSMENT
Alexandra District Health is working with the Department of Health and Human Services through a self-assessment process for the new Capability Framework for Victorian Surgical and Procedural Services.
CEO Debbie Rogers said: “The new State-wide initiative around surgical services aims to improve patient safety.
“Alexandra District Health is continuing to perform the majority of surgery while the review is taking place - such as cataracts, colonoscopy, laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, colposcopy, minor gynaecological procedures, minor adult Ear Nose and Throat (ENT) surgery, urology and lesion removal. Any higher level surgeries will need to be considered on a case by case basis while the assessment is taking place.
“The community is reassured that Alexandra District Health will continue to work closely with patients to ensure they can access the surgery needed, either locally or in partnership with other health service providers.
“Alexandra District Health has a strong reputation for providing high quality health services to the community and we are pleased that over the last 20-plus years we have had an excellent record of surgery performance.
“It is important that we continue to provide safe and high quality care to our community; meeting the requirements of the new framework will support this into the future.
The health service is also working with nursing and medical staff, local doctors and surgeons about the new framework.
Alexandra District Health - Paediatric Services Review
- Alexandra District Health is undertaking a safety and quality review of paediatric services over the next two months.
- This is a proactive decision to ensure we implement best practice and deliver the best possible patient care.
- The capability of our nurses, local doctors and medical specialists has been fantastic. We want to build upon our capability and strong record of success to ensure we continue positive outcomes for our patients.
- While the review is taking place, it is important to temporarily suspend paediatric admissions for children aged under 15, which includes surgery. The majority of admissions are for Ear Nose and Throat Surgery. Most admissions are from outside the local catchment area.
- It is important to note that urgent care services will continue as usual. The health service will continue to treat children and adults of any age who present to Urgent Care. If children require admission they will be transferred to an appropriate health service. Services will not be stopping.
- A small number of patients will need to reschedule appointments and we are assisting with making alternative arrangements. We apologise for any inconvenience while we undertake this important review.
- Alexandra District Health’s Chief Medical Officer commissioned a report and a Senior Consultant Anaesthetist undertook a literature review and sought opinion from Paediatric surgeons and anaesthetists about paediatric services and ENT surgery and has made recommendations for further review. This has been endorsed by the Board.
- A multidisciplinary team will be undertaking the review, which will look at a range of service aspects such as the types of services, theatre use, wards, patient flow, infrastructure, processes and opportunities for improvement – with a focus on paediatrics.
- We will keep the community informed on the progress of the review and the recommended outcomes.
Alexandra District Health is now smoke free
Friday 31st May was World No Tobacco Day and from this date Alexandra District Health (ADH) joined many hospitals and healthcare facilities by becoming a Smoke Free site (including e-cigarettes). The Victorian Government supports smoke-free Hospitals and Health Services.
The ADH Smoke Free policy will include all ADH campuses, both indoors and outdoors including all grounds and parking areas.
The decision for ADH to become Smoke Free supports our drive to improve the health and well-being of the people of our community, and our staff.
The policy applies to all health service employees, patients, visitors, students, contractors, volunteers, and all other guests. An effort is now underway to alert patients, their families, visitors and ADH staff to the Smoke Free policy. Support available to all who wish to quit smoking, by contacting the QUIT Line 137 848 (13 QUIT) or visiting www.quit .org.au or contacting the Respiratory Nurse at Alexandra District Health on (03) 5772 0900.
For further information about this process please feel free to contact Alexandra District Health on (03) 5772 0900.
Old Hospital Building
Interested to know whats happening with the old hospital building? We have a dedicated website to keep the community up to date follow the link here.
Alexandra District Health has been investigating options and working through processes in relation to the old hospital site, which is currently vacant.
The old building is more than 50 years old. The fire system in the old building was decommissioned when Alexandra District Health Service moved into the new hospital. Unfortunately the existing fire services don’t meet current fire safety standards and the old hospital building is not safe for occupancy. We worked closely with the community groups that were occupying the old hospital site, to help them relocate to suitable premises.
Alexandra District Health has been operating from the new hospital premises at 12 Cooper Street, Alexandra since November 2011.The new hospital building more than adequately services the health needs of the community.
The old hospital site has a Queens Caveat registered on the title, which requires the site to be used only as a hospital – and it is not required to be used as such. Therefore, the Board could not justify applying or diverting an enormous proportion of its funds allocated to health services, to repair a building that is not needed for the operation of a hospital – the only permitted purpose.
The Board has written to the Health Minister and advised its decision and we have received written confirmation of the commencement of the formal process in line with the Victorian Landholding and Policy Guidelines.
The property must be referred to Department of Treasury and Finance for reallocation within government or for sale.