The new Hospital After Hours initiative means great care never stops at The Royal Children’s Hospital.
Evenings, nights, weekends and public holidays are all considered after hours in healthcare. These periods account for around 74 per cent of the entire week, yet are not traditionally afforded the same resources as business hours.
However in the past decade, patient turnover has increased, emergency admissions and discharges occur at any time of the night and day, and operating theatres are often busy with emergency procedures around the clock.
Committed to always providing great care, The Royal Children’s Hospital is pioneering the new Hospital After Hours initiative to improve care coordination, support staff and boost clinical resources.
Through your support of the Good Friday Appeal, $2.5 million had been donated to enable the creation of this new model of care, including new clinical positions. These positions will join the existing after-hours team to strengthen skills and resources.
The Royal Children’s Hospital has already appointed a Clinical Medical Lead, six new Clinical Nurse Leads, an Administration Workforce Coordinator, Senior Cardiology Resident and Senior Social Worker to the Hospital After Hours roster.
“The goal of Hospital After Hours is to move towards a team-based model for collaborating and providing care after hours,” said John Stanway, RCH Executive Director, Clinical Operations. “The new positions work together to provide clinical leadership, coordination of services and facilitate communication across specialities after hours.”
With your support we can help the children at The Royal Children’s Hospital