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Annual Report 2011/2012 Royal Darwin Hospital Board



Annual Report 2011/2012 Royal Darwin Hospital Board

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7. Operational issues and hospital health standards The efficient operation of the hospital involves all staff and executive members. All Hospital staff continues to work efficiently and conscientiously in improving health standards at the hospital. However there have emerged consistent themes and issues which can have a negative impact of delivery of services and overall healthcare. The Board has identified some key issues in the delivery of health services and the maintenance of standards at RDH: Ongoing issues with the recruitment and retention of Specialists. This area represents a key risk for the Hospital especially in terms of the quality of patient care and also a significant cost due to locum costs. This issue needs to incorporate a multi faceted approach that includes suitable accommodation; appropriate remuneration packages; proper office space and administrative support. Establishment of clinical services in Angioplasty and Stent. Cardiac stenting was recommended by cardiac review 3 years ago. The capacity and skill is currently available in Darwin and the service is cost effective but it requires additional funding support. Appropriate allocation of funding to approved staffing and projects such as the elective surgery waiting list and medical staff allowances. Removal of complex and onerous approval process for funded positions which would empower clinical leaders and assist them to effectively manage the resources they require in their divisions. Specialist Outreach Service represent an extremely important, culturally appropriate and cost effective service which needs to be funded optimally to deliver better health outcomes for remote patients close to their home location. IT Services and Clinical Information System need to be improved to boost efficiency and optimise patient care. There is a need for a physical Surgical Department with office accommodation for Specialists, ideally co-located with the operating theatres. 8. Contact Information At the time of reporting, current members of the Board may be contacted as follows: rdhboard@nt.qov.au Royal Darwin Hospital Board 2011/2012 Annual Report Page 29 of 29 mailto:rdhboard@nt.qov.au

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