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& Erin Graham
The Regional Neurology Service Parkinson's
Clinical Practice Consultant Ruth Withey was
announced as one of three recipients of the Dr Rana
International Parkinson's Community Service Award.
Based at Flinders Medical Centre, Ruth whose
position is funded by the GP Plus Service Fund,
actively improves pathways for patients by using
an integrated approach between primary care,
community based secondary care services, hospital
and non-government organisations to reduce
Other recipients of the award, which was
announced on International Parkinson's Disease
Awareness Day on 11 April, include Professor
Jonathan Carr, a Consultant Neurologist in South
Africa, and To m Isaacs, President and Co-founder
of The Parkinson's Cure Trust in London.
Flinders Medical Centre nurse Elizabeth Roling
and midwife Erin Graham took out the top prizes
at the 2013 FMC Nursing and Midwifery Excellence
Awards on 10 May.
Elizabeth is a Registered Nurse in Ward 5C. Her
nominator said she was an excellent example of
dedication to nursing and commitment to patient
"She has the ability to see the person not just as a
patient and is intuitive when it comes to identifying
patient needs, both physical and emotional," the
Erin is a midwife with the Southern Midwifery
Group Practice. Erin's nominator said she went
above what was expected to care for his wife
when she gave birth to their son nine weeks early.
"Erin was with us for 16 hours, comforting,
reassuring and explaining what was happening
making sure we were okay."
The winners each received a $500 SA Shorts
Holiday voucher courtesy of the Flinders Nurses
Education and Research Fund, a gift basket
including champagne, glasses and a $250 spa
voucher (FMC Foundation) and two coffee table
books (Volunteer Service for the Flinders Medical
Southern Adelaide Local Health Network CEO
Belinda Moyes was a guest speaker at the awards
ceremony, which was also attended by SA Health
Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer Lydia Dennett.
"This has a positive impact on both the patient
and nurse -- the patient can return home to their
own environment earlier, and the nurse can focus
on their next patient in a timelier manner."
Types of patients discharged under CLD in the
Cardiac Short Stay Unit have included those
receiving an angiogram or cardiac stenting and
pacemaker, or internal cardiac defibrillator insertion.
Kay said the program was also having a positive
impact on the doctor/nurse relationship in the unit.
"We have always had a good working
relationship between the doctors and nurses, but
with the introduction of CLD and the involvement
of both nurses and doctors in the process, we are
seeing our relationship strengthened further."
CLD Project Manager Jason Cloonan said the
program could now be expanded to other areas
of the hospital.
"Feedback received from patients and staff involved
in the pilot was extremely positive and FMC is now
exploring the use of CLD for other cardiac, surgical
and antenatal patients," Jason said.
Following the success of the program at FMC,
CLD will now be extended to the Lyell McEwin
Hospital in Adelaide's north and is expected to be
progressively rolled out to other public hospitals
BY MONIQUE PASCHKE
Patients at Flinders Medical Centre (FMC)
are spending less time in hospital beds
and more time at home, thanks to a new
Criteria Led Discharge (CLD) is a pilot program,
which enables nurses, midwives and other
allied health professionals, as well as doctors, to
discharge patients who meet specific criteria, as
Prior to the pilot being implemented, discharge
processes meant that some patients who were
medically ready to go home, were unable to until
a senior doctor was available to discharge them.
CLD was trialled in three groups of patients at
FMC, including pregnant women, those admitted
to the FMC Cardiac Short Stay Unit and patients
undergoing routine surgeries.
In the Cardiac Short Stay Unit, Associate Clinical
Services Coordinator Kay Johnston has seen the
benefits of the program firsthand.
"The most obvious benefit of CLD is enabling
the patient to go home sooner with timely
discharge," Kay, who has been a nurse at FMC
for 25 years, said.
Flinders Medical Centre Associate Clinical
Services Coordinator Kay Johnston says a new
discharge program is helping patients like Colin
Gepp, who came to hospital for a pacemaker
insertion, return home sooner.
Discharge program a plus for patients
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