Sydney (Tribune International, NSW Health Release, 17 May 2020): Patients at hospital emergency departments and COVID-19 clinics will benefit from an $8.6 million expansion of the NSW Government’s award-winning Patient Experience Program.
Health Minister Brad Hazzard said an additional 86 staff will be recruited to 50 hospitals across NSW, with COVID-19 clinics a priority, as part of the Australian-first program.
“This valuable program has proven to be a huge help to patients and carers during what is often a very worrying time, ensuring they receive all the information and support they need from the minute they arrive in our care,” Mr Hazzard said.
“The additional full-time staff will welcome patients and their families and provide them with directions and information about what to expect at each stage of their care and treatment. The extra support will go a long way as we continue to combat COVID-19.”
The funding boost to the Patient Experience Program is part of the NSW Government’s $800 million investment to support the health system’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including significantly increasing capacity in NSW public hospitals, particularly in ICUs.
As part of the program patients receive:
- access to free Wi-Fi, mobile phone charging stations, additional power points, water and other refreshments
- information sent to their mobile device about what to expect during their stay
- fact sheets on their particular condition/ treatment options
- ongoing care instructions after discharge, available in multiple languages.
Advice in multiple languages will also be given on safety, hygiene and COVID-19 symptoms.
The Patient Experience Program was piloted for six months at Blacktown, Liverpool, Nepean and Lismore hospitals and won the 2019 NSW Premier’s Award for world-class customer service.
For more information visit: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Performance/Pages/experience.aspx
The new 86 positions will be based at the hospitals in the following Local Health Districts and Specialty Networks
|Local Health District/Speciality Network
|Emergency Departments and COVID Clinics
|Sydney Local Health District
|RPA, Concord, Canterbury
|Northern Sydney Local Health District
|RNS, Ryde, Hornsby
|Western Sydney Local Health District
|Blacktown, Westmead, Auburn, Mount Druitt
|Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
|Illawarra Local Health District
|Shoalhaven, Shellharbour, Wollongong
|Southern Local Health District
|North Coast Local Health District
|Lismore, Ballina, Grafton, Tweed
|Mid North Coast Local Health District
|Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie
|Children’s Hospital Network
|Sydney Children’s and Children’s Westmead
|Murrumbidgee Local Health District
|Wagga , Griffith
|Hunter New England Local Health District
|John Hunter, Taree, Moree, Cessnock, Maitland, Calvary Mater, Tamworth, Armidale Belmont
|Western Local Health District
|Orange, Bathurst, Dubbo
|Central Coast Local Health District
|Far West Local Health District
|South Eastern Local Health District
|POW, St George, Sutherland, Sydney Hospital
|South Western Local Health District
|Liverpool, Fairfield, Bankstown, Campbelltown, Bowral