Redesigns in motion under health and hospital boards
RESTRUCTURES and redesigns are already underway at Central Queensland health services according to the state government.
The overhaul began when the Central Queensland Hospital and Health Service Board was formed as part of a state-wide decentralisation process.
Health minister Lawrence Springborg said one example of the redesign was the relocation of the infusion clinic at the Rockhampton hospital.
Previously it was held in the busy day surgery unit, but has been shifted to a quiet, more convenient part of the Transit lounge.
"This is an illustration of how local boards can make minor changes that deliver better outcomes to patients," he said.
"A new model for the Emergency Department at Gladstone Hospital has also been introduced, with ward nurses now collecting patients to help speed up admissions.
"This improves patient flow and management in the Emergency and Outpatients departments.
"The board has begun the important task of engaging with the community and will ensure local people they have a say in the future of health services in the region."