Necessity breeds innovation: GPs help prevent an emergency department closure

Partanen, Riitta L. and O'Brien, Maxine L. and Eley, Diann S. (2009) Necessity breeds innovation: GPs help prevent an emergency department closure. Australian Health Review, 33 (3). pp. 467-471. ISSN 0156-5788

Abstract

In January 2006 the Maryborough Base Hospital in Queensland faced imminent closure of its emergency department (ED) due to a shortage of senior medical staff. At the same time patient confidence in Queensland Health was low. During consultation forums, the community had made it clear that their priority was to maintain emergency services in Maryborough. In search of a solution, the Fraser Coast District Health Service asked Maryborough general practitioners to work in the Maryborough Hospital ED and/or in the internal medicine ward as Visiting Medical Officers. While this represented a solution to the problem, there was much to be considered before such a plan could be put into place.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: Bulkimport bulkimport
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Nursing
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2009 14:07
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2014 23:35
Uncontrolled Keywords: rural hospitals; hospital management; communication; hospital staffing
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160508 Health Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111709 Health Care Administration
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111717 Primary Health Care
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920299 Health and Support Services not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1071/AH090467
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/15918

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