May 23
Launch Of New Model Of Care For Rural Hospitals

The Western NSW Local Health District is launching a new model of care for patients that will enhance the role of small rural health services under a hub and spoke model with Orange Health Service.

Under this new model, patients and their families will be provided additional care and support beyond their acute care needs in local health services. Local clinicians will work in collaboration with specialist teams from Orange Health Service to provide appropriate care to patients in the most appropriate clinical environment.

Health Service Manager at Blayney, Kathy Hillier said, “We have a good relationship with outreach services from Orange Health Service. This new model will enhance that relationship and improve our ability to make sure patients are receiving the level of care they need in the right facility.”

 “The District is continually looking at how it can provide better models of care for patients and provide specialist rural care,” said Director of Cancer Services and Innovation Western NSW LHD, Ruth Jones.

“The exciting new model, which is a first for the District, will deliver the right care at the right place and right time for all patients including palliative care patients,” said Ms Jones.

 “Palliative care is everyone’s business and this model enables the smaller rural sites to provide local care with local doctors, nurses and allied health staff supported by specialist teams outreaching from acute facilities.  We are delighted to announce that Molong will be the first health service in our Local Health District, to provide dedicated palliative care beds.” she said.

Chairman of the Western NSW Local Health District Board and Molong doctor, Dr Robin Williams supports the model and will be directly involved in caring for these patients in Molong. As a rural GP Dr Williams recognises the importance of models of care that champion collaboration between small rural facilities and the larger referral centres.

“Smaller facilities like Molong have an important role to play in the ongoing care of patients beyond their acute care need,” said Dr Williams.

“This model will provide long-term sustainability for small rural sites by recognising their important role in the continuum of care,” he said.



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