05
Aug 16

Forecasting Activity Capacity Electronically (FACE)

FACE is a home grown Patient Flow meeting and reporting tool which now runs across all Metro South Hospital and Health Service sites. This visual tool provides forecasting for daily activity and capacity as well as incorporating information sharing at the clinician level. FACE was introduced at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in 2009. In its … Continue reading Forecasting Activity Capacity Electronically (FACE)

30
Jun 16

Improving Aboriginal health through workforce initiatives

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In 2012, St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney embarked on a new era in education with an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander nursing cadetship. St Vincent’s Private Hospital Sydney was the first Private Hospital in Australia to establish a nursing cadetship program. The annual cadetship offers students undertaking a Bachelor of Nursing a minimum of 60 … Continue reading Improving Aboriginal health through workforce initiatives

13
Jan 16

How to Improve Patient Flow

Waiting times in hospitals will always be a highly political issue. As demand for acute services continues to increase, it is imperative that stakeholders along the continuum of care assess their impact on the system and engage in practices that will create optimal patient flow. Over the years we’ve run many conferences on patient flow … Continue reading How to Improve Patient Flow

09
Jan 15

Beyond bed based care within our hospitals

Hospitals have always struggled with monitoring and implementing strategies to reduce the pressure of patient flow within our hospitals- it’s nothing new.  There has always been a focus on bed supply and how it impacts directly upon the operation and efficiency of the organisation. But is there more to hospital efficiency then providing empty beds … Continue reading Beyond bed based care within our hospitals

06
Feb 14

4 ways to improve patient flow

We visit hospitals out of a variety of reasons. It can be a planned visit, or sometimes we find ourselves referred by our GP or even a medical consultant. To many, mention the word hospital and it rekindles memories that are best forgotten-long queues, slow services and of course the uncertainty at patient discharge. With … Continue reading 4 ways to improve patient flow

09
Dec 13

Report reveals slow discharge rates & increased avoidable admission rates

A number of news articles have looked at reports recently released by the National Health Performance Authority (NHPA). The reports have highlighted not only are there more avoidable readmissions than ever before but that some states are slower than ever at discharging patients. Data published by the NHPA explains that “NSW hospitals are the slowest in … Continue reading Report reveals slow discharge rates & increased avoidable admission rates