Mar 21
Bathurst Health Service Review Update

The review into the Bathurst Health Service is almost complete and will be tabled to the Western NSW Local Health District Board in early April.

The independent review was the outcome from discussions with staff, Medical Staff Council, the Health Council, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor and Local MP Paul Toole to identify solutions to secure the future of the hospital.

“The purpose of the review was to examine services and how best to deliver efficient, effective patient care into the future,” said Western NSW Local Health District Chief Executive Scott McLachlan.

Dr Philip Hoyle and Ms Sue Hair visited Bathurst on 18 December 2013 and met with a variety of stakeholders including health councillors, the Medical Staff Council, senior management and the Clinical Council.  Small group interviews were also held with more than 40 staff including nursing, allied health, medical and management staff.

A further two day visit took place in late January, at which point the team was joined by Mr Philip Cornish, an expert on community and rehabilitation services. This involved almost 20 sessions of in-depth discussion with many front line staff and system managers, and gathering of information for detailed analysis.

 “We are very appreciative of the time and commitment given by all parties to the review process and we look forward to receiving the final report and recommendations,” said Mr McLachlan.

What Next?
The Reviewers are currently finalising the report to the Western NSW Local Health District Board, to be tabled on 2 April 2014.

Thereviewers will lead workshops in Bathurst with management, staff, clinicians and community representatives on the key findings and recommendations throughout late April 2014.


 Media Contact: Rebekah Bullock 0407959781