RDNS and Partners launch pilot health programme

RDNS and Partners launch pilot health programme

Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) launched a new partnership today which aims to reduce the number of patients in hospital by providing more complex care in the home.

The pilot health programme is a partnership between RDNS, the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, SA Ambulance Service, DATIS and General Practice.

dr helena williams rdns health pilot programme launch

For nine months, dedicated RDNS clinical staff will be placed within the Flinders Medical Centre (FMC) Emergency Department and on hospital wards. This will help identify patients who would benefit from early discharge to receive community-based care in close partnership with their GP.

RDNS will work closely with patients’ GPs, or a linked GP practice, to ensure that patients receive rapid medical reviews in the community following a hospital presentation. This will be supported by community-based medication reviews provided by the Drug and Therapeutic Information Service (DATIS).

As part of the pilot, SA Health and SA Ambulance Service Extended Care Paramedics will work closely with RDNS to identify patients in the community who are deemed appropriate for home care – avoiding unnecessary hospitalisation.

Dr Helena Williams, RDNS Medical Advisor, said that a strong Primary and Community Care Sector results in better health outcomes and reduced hospitalisations for consumers. “RDNS is excited and committed to working with our partners to strengthen the Primary and Community Care response required to deliver solutions to the current Health System challenges,” said Dr Williams.

Dr Helena Williams at the press conference.

The innovative program, which begins on Wednesday 13 March, aims to improve the overall patient experience and outcomes, as well as increasing the capacity and integration of the health sector in South Australia.

13 March 2019

Media Contact

Hannah Campbell | Communications Officer
T 08 6318 7633 | E Hannah.Campbell@silverchain.org.au


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