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The Out of Hospital Strategies and Care Award

WCHN Awards 2022 feature

The Out of Hospital Strategies and Care Award recognises those who have demonstrated a contribution to out of hospital strategies and care, through one or more of the strategies below:

  • Facilitate effective coordination and continuity of care.
  • Minimise the pressure on our health system.
  • Delivery of quality care closer to home.
  • Improve consumer outcomes and experience.

Winner:

Bridge Project, Helen Mayo House

In response to the demand for services at Helen Mayo House, the Bridge project enabled consultations with women and infants on the waiting list and a follow up immediately after discharge.

It required collaboration and creativity from staff to execute and has seen a significant increase in service delivery to those on the waiting list, often being able to avoid admission.

Finalists:

COVIDKids

Created in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this virtual service provides specialist support for South Australian children and young people diagnosed with COVID-19 and is managed by specialist staff at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

The team virtually assess children with COVID-19 and offer support and medical advice to families in their own home. Set up in just 2 months, the service ensured children were able to stay at home as much as possible but offer a safe space for face-to-face care if needed.

Eden House

Created to provide a home-like environment for children, Eden House was created for parents or carers unable to look after their children due to COVID-19.

Staffed by skilled paediatric nurses from the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, the initiative was successful in freeing up beds and reducing patient flow while reducing further spread of virus.