RDNS reducing pressure on hospitals with more health care at home

RDNS reducing pressure on hospitals with more health care at home

Royal District Nursing Service (RDNS) are helping to significantly reduce the pressure on South Australian hospitals by caring for more than 560 people in the community.

Through the State Government’s pilot programme and initiatives trial, RDNS has played a major role by streamlining the transition from hospital to community care and providing more in-home health care.

RDNS General Manager, Kai Schmidt, said alliances with the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, Drug and Therapeutic Information Service and General Practice is demonstrating strong outcomes.

“We are delighted to be supporting Minister Wade and the SA Health Team by easing the pressure on our hospitals through the delivery of high-quality in-home care,” Mr Schmidt said.

“It has been great to participate in the SA Health Projects, which has given us the ability to demonstrate the value of partnership across the sector.

“Our new Integrum SA trial programme also aims to reduce hospital, emergency department and residential aged care admissions.”

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said 1,055 South Australians received their treatment outside of hospital emergency departments.

This was achieved through a combination of the Home Hospital pilot programmes and the new Priority Care Centres.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to easing pressure on our emergency departments and delivering care closer to home,” Minister Wade said.

“Latest data shows more than 190 people have been treated within our new Priority Care Centres in their first four weeks of operation.

“Our trial programmes have also significantly reduced pressure on our hospitals, with 566 people cared for in the community by the RDNS in partnership with the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.”

The South Australian Government’s year-round Hospital Demand Management Plan has been updated for spring, detailing information and a range of advice on how to stay well this season.

Review the SA Health website to find out more about the hospital demand management plan.

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