Oct 18
Western Nsw Local Health District Finalist Nsw Health Awards Symposium

Western NSW Local Health District is proud to announce that it will be represented at the prestigious NSW Health Awards Symposium in Sydney (Friday 19 October 2012).

The project, Improving Medication Safety on Discharge is a finalist in the Clinical Excellence Commission Award for Improvement in Patient Safety Category.

The NSW Health Awards recognise the outstanding contributions of NSW Health professionals and showcase commitment to quality, innovation and excellence.

Senior Clinical Pharmacist and project leader, Julia McKay said she commenced the project to ensure that medication information was accurately communicated to primary care teams on discharge.

“The transition from hospital to home is a vulnerable time for medication error. I wanted to review the process for providing medication to patients and the way we communicate medication information to primary care teams on discharge from inpatient acute mental health facilities.

“I wanted to reduce the rate of discrepancy between medication prescribed and dispensed on discharge and medication communicated to primary care teams in the discharge summary. Following a careful review and roll out we have now reduced the number of discrepancies from 27% to 0%.” Ms McKay said.

The awards recognise innovation with demonstrable benefits, particularly real-life impacts, using sustainable approaches that can be taken up by other health services.

“I am really proud to be recognised as a finalist and the computer generated prescription template has now been implemented across the acute and non-acute mental health inpatient units at the Bloomfield Campus.

“The project has resulted in the accurate provision of medical information to the primary care teams on a patient’s discharge from hospital, reducing the risk of unwarranted changes to medications after discharge.” Ms McKay said.

The NSW Health Awards Symposium will be held in Sydney on 19 October at the Australian Technology Park, where finalist projects will be showcased. Winners of all categories will be announced by the Director-General at the Awards dinner.


For more information about Improving Medication Safety on Discharge, please contact Julia McKay on 0407 339 197.