Following from this morning’s release of the review into the nurse-led Walk-In Centre at the hospital the Greens have announced they’d like it moved away from the hospital so as not to send so many people needing treatment straight into the Emergency Department.
“The issue of increasing category 5 patients at the Emergency Department is potentially a result of referrals from the Walk-in Centre. This can be overcome by re-locating the Centre away from Canberra Hospital, together with increased scope of practice.
Ms Bresnan would also like the constraints on what the nurses can treat removed.
The Nursing Federation is pleased by the review, and also wants the powers of the nurses increased:
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ACT ANF Branch Secretary Ms Jenny Miragaya said today that “the report clearly highlighted the Canberra community’s high level of satisfaction with the service. The Walk-in Centre, which is staffed by a small group of highly-skilled Nurses, has made significant improvements to healthcare services and options in the region.”
“The high rates of utilisation, low waiting times and consumers’ high levels of satisfaction with the advice and treatment they received is a wonderful reflection on the Nurse-led Walk-in Centre model and the skill and ability of the staff employed within the centre.” Ms Miragaya said.
The Liberals on the other hand are taking the doctor’s lines via Zed Seselja:
“I’m also concerned to see the centre is operating at less than 30 per cent of its possible capacity. Only 23 patients are being treated daily, out of a possible 80.
“The clinic is costing taxpayers a significant amount, but instead of reducing pressure on emergency departments, it’s adding to it,” Mr Seselja concluded.