A major refurbishment of Blayney Multipurpose Service’s (MPS) Emergency Department (ED) will be unveiled to the public at a ceremony on Tuesday 1 September, with Member for Bathurst Paul Toole performing the official duties.
The works were funded by the NSW Ministry of Health through the 2014-15 Rural Health Capital Investment Program, at a cost of $500,000.
The upgrade came about following successful establishment of the Blayney MPSIntegrated Primary, Urgent and Ambulatory Care Centre last year, which is a new model of care focusing on the provision of ambulatory care services. Ambulatory careis a patient focused service where some conditions may be treated without the need for an overnight stay in hospital.
Health Service Manager Kathy Hillier said the new urgent care facility provides the Blayney community with two emergency beds, a triage consultation room, two ambulatory care bays and a utility room.
“The refurbishment is key part of our new Integrated Primary, Urgent and Ambulatory Care Centre, which still allows for the provision of urgent care for people with a medical emergency within an ambulatory care focused model,” she said.
The Centre came about due to the Blayney Health Council’s advocacy for an emergency service that meets the needs of the Blayney community. Working with the Health District, they undertook a review of what was already being provided and developed an alternate model which is safe, sustainable, effective, and supports the community and the Health Service staff.
Ms Hillier said the ED will continue to be a nurse-led service, in which the on-duty nurses, who are trained in first line emergency care or critical care, will triage any unplanned presentations in the first instance.
“For patients requiring urgent care, nursing staff will provide first line emergency care and activate the Critical Care Advisory Service for further advice. The Mental Health Emergency Access Service is also available for Telehealth consultations” she said.
“For less urgent cases where primary health care is required, nursing staff will refer the person to a local GP, or consult with the Rural Medical Consultation Service and provide primary care in one of the ambulatory care bays as required”.
Member for Bathurst Paul Toole said he is looking forward to unveiling the refurbished ED to the people of Blayney.
“I congratulate Blayney MPS, Blayney Health Council and the Health District in the work they have done in developing the new model of care which has resulted in the update of the ED,” he said.
“It’s great to see the health needs of the community being so carefully considered and advocated for, and the NSW government is pleased to be able to support this through the funds made available for the refurbishment through its Rural Health Capital Investment Program”.
Blayney Health Council Chair Colin Crome said the Health Council is also pleased with the refurbishment of Blayney’s ED department.
“It provides state of the art health care facility for the Blayney and district community and I’m certain that patients and staff would agree that it is an excellent use of space and resources,” he said.
“It is very satisfying to see that rural health care is clearly a priority for the NSW Government.”