Pilot program launches at MDHS to make specialist doctors available after hours

My Emergency Dr chief operating officer Dawn Floyd and Western Victoria PHN CEO Dr Leanne Beagley joined MDHS acting CEO Laura Martin at Maryborough hospital yesterday to launch the After Hours Telehealth pilot which will connect specialist emergency doctors with urgent care centre staff via video-call.

Central Goldfields Shire residents are in safer hands than ever with specialist emergency doctors soon to be available after hours at Maryborough District Health Service (MDHS).

Launched at the Maryborough hospital yesterday and officially starting next Monday, the new After Hours Telehealth Pilot is a video- call based service which will be used by urgent care centre staff in the after hours period via the MED app on a smart phone or tablet.

The app gives immediate access to a team of emergency specialists who can remotely assess, diagnose and arrange treatment for patients outside of regular operating hours.

MDHS acting CEO Laura Martin said the pilot will provide the community with continuous access to specialist emergency doctors and support its dedicated Visiting Medical Officer workforce in obtaining a healthy work-life balance.

“This innovative project complements our already embedded nurse practitioner program and will enable our urgent care centre staff to contact specialist emergency doctors by way of video conference during the hours of 10 pm to 6 am, seven days a week,” she said.

“Our fabulous nursing staff will support our patients during this process and are excited to be involved in such a wonderful pilot.

“MDHS truly appreciates the funding support provided by Western Victoria Primary Health Network (PHN), which allows this pilot project to be embedded at MDHS.”

For more on this story see the Front Page of The Advertiser, Tuesday, August 6


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