Treating the number of patients who need assistance around NSW is challenging at the best of times. However, there are some situations where it can be even more difficult to administer the proper care and attention these people may require.
The massive rural areas that characterise much of the state represent one of the major issues for patient safety. In an emergency, every second counts, meaning any significant delays in treatment or incorrect decisions could be the basis for a medical negligence claim.
Thankfully, a new set of changes will hopefully further increase the effectiveness of rural healthcare, reducing the chances that the remote nature of the state’s landscape could affect the standard of care people receive.
How will these changes affect medical negligence claims?
Recent changes to the Western NSW Integrated Care Strategy will focus on rural areas of NSW, ensuring that people who live in the state can expect a consistent level of care no matter where they reside.
Specifically, the latest updates to the initiative ensure people with complex and ongoing conditions such as heart disease and diabetes have extra support. On top of this, two existing establishments will evolve to better care for younger patients who need treatment.
According to Dr Robin Williams, the strategy has already been successful, and these new additions are likely to further enhance that state’s standard of healthcare.
“To date, the most rewarding achievement has been successfully creating new ways of working for general practice and community providers and improving the health for patients across primary and secondary health services,” he explained.
Future updates to the project will continue the partnership with Bila Muuji Aboriginal Health to ensure that the health system provides equally for all people around NSW.
Technology provides more secure services
Another initiative set to make the western part of NSW safer is the Telehealth Strategy, a collection of communication channels set to overcome the distances between rural medical centres and professionals, hopefully reducing the chance of people missing out on adequate health care due to their location.
Health Minister Jillian Skinner noted that technology is the best way to solve the many challenges associated with health care in NSW.
“Telehealth will benefit Western NSW because of the vast distances between towns and villages and the costs associated with travelling between facilities for appointments,” she explained.
If the actions of health professionals you have consulted led to further trauma, it’s important to see how a medical negligence claim might help. Contact the lawyers at Gerard Malouf and Partners to find out more.