All eight of Tasmania’s rural hospitals have been awarded accreditation against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards.
This announcement comes hot on the heels of Launceston General Hospital’s general accreditation achievement.
Hospitals in regional centres at Deloraine, Scottsdale, Campbell Town, St Helens, St Marys, George Town, Flinders Island and Beaconsfield were assessed against the national standards and were awarded accreditation, Health Minister Michael Ferguson said.
“Feedback included that Primary Health North ‘provides effective quality care and services with a strong focus on evidence-based and patient-centred care’,” Mr Ferguson said.
The National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards set the level of care consumers can expect from health service organisations throughout Australia.
These standards were developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care in consultation with the federal, state and territory governments, the private sector, clinical experts, patients and carers, the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards website said.
“The primary aims of the NSQHS Standards are to protect the public from harm and to improve the quality of health service provision,” the website said.
“They provide a quality assurance mechanism that tests whether relevant systems are in place to ensure that expected standards of safety and quality are met.”
The service standards were first released in 2011, and have been used to assess Australian health service organisations since January 2013.
All Northern Tasmanian community-based services were also reviewed by the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency earlier this year and assessed as meeting all the expected outcomes of the Home Care Standards.
“These latest accreditations show the public that they can have full confidence in the Tasmanian Health Service to deliver safe and professional services,” Mr Ferguson said.
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