ROCHESTER and Elmore District Health Service (REDHS) is changing its model of care in response to the community’s needs.
The new model will place an even stronger emphasis on the provision of home, aged and primary care, according to board chair Dr Carol McKinstry.
‘‘Our realignment of priorities reflects the Rochester and Elmore district community’s shifting needs,’’ she said.
‘‘We are responding to our community’s needs by driving innovation, efficiency and person-centred care.
‘‘The high demand for home, aged and primary care shows our community’s strong preference to be served by their local health service.’’
Acute occupancy has reduced over the last five years with demand for aged and community services increasing.
Identifying this shift in usage patterns REDHS will adjust the number of acute beds from 12 to ten in order to direct resources to aged and community services.
An acute ward room will be re-purposed to assist in rehabilitation and to support activity-based programs for patients to assist in their recuperation.
Chief executive Anne McEvoy said this change reflected the direction set by the REDHS 2020 Strategic Plan.
‘‘The strengthening of home care will lead to more local services and increased employment opportunities,’’ she said.
‘‘The Day Procedure Unit has also been enhanced under a new shared surgical service.
‘‘While we continue to have a strong commitment to service our acute patients we are making the most of opportunities to evolve in the way that best serves our community.’’
Ms McEvoy said the changes reflected an enhanced focus on a contemporary model of care and efficient bed management.
‘‘Our commitment to person-centred care underpins everything we do,’’ she said.
‘‘We are committed to providing the best care in the most convenient place.’’
A review of the REDHS aged care service plan is currently being undertaken to ensure appropriate future facilities for aged care residents as well as services required in the community.
These include home care packages, National Disability Insurance Scheme and post-acute and transition care programs.
Due to the changes, acute patients will benefit from enhanced access to rehabilitation equipment on the ward to support their recovery.
Recent donations from Rochester Bowls Club, Nanneella Hall committee, REDHS ladies auxiliary and bequests have assisted in the purchase of new equipment.
The changes will take effect from July 31.