NSLHD News 16 September 2021

NSLHD finding an e-solution to be used across the state NSLHD has developed an electronic medical record discharge summary for hospital patients identified as close contacts of discharge. RNSH’s medical

support discharge planning COVID-19 patients from inpatient and virtual care settings. Chief Executive Deb Willcox said it was wonderful to see the work of so many people at NSLHD be acknowledged by eHealth NSW, which will now help so many of their colleagues. “This is an ingenious solution which not only benefits the patient as part of their discharge after- care but helps clinicians any potential COVID-19 contacts if the patient is readmitted to hospital shortly after discharge. “Everyone should be so proud of what they have achieved knowing that this will be used by other hospitals across the state who have been grappling with the same issue.”

administration registrar Dr Nanda Kumar Sakaleshpura Chandrashekar was one of the clinicians who worked on developing the tool with ICT, which has now been picked up by eHealth NSW. “Some other hospitals have been asking e-Health for something like this,” Nanda said. “Ours is the most mature and evolved.” ICT developed the electronic ‘COVID-19 close contact discharge planning’ form which is included in the discharge referrals and HealtheNet. eHealth NSW has requested the ICT team represent NSLHD on the state design working group to assist with the enhancement for a statewide eMR solution to

COVID-19 which will soon be used across the NSW Health system. The eMR COVID-19 close contact discharge summary provides nurses and doctors with a simple process for discharging a patient who has been identified as being a close contact of a COVID-19 case while in hospital. Importantly, the discharge summary gives the patient’s GP information on the follow up care they may need as a close contact of COVID-19. It also allows for clinicians to see in the eMR system the patient has been exposed to a COVID-19 case if they are readmitted to hospital shortly after their interesting patient story or a staff member whose story should be shared with our community, a team who would like to be featured as part of the campaign, a department that is after certain equipment or an innovative idea which could benefit from additional funding. The NORTH Foundation’s 2021 tax appeal raised over $330,000 with donations going to a wide variety of projects including NICU equipment, kidney disease research, mental health services and cancer patient

NORTH Foundation call out for Christmas appeal The NORTH Foundation is starting to prepare for its Christmas appeal and is calling on staff and patients to get involved. The team is after an well-being programs. NORTH Foundation CEO Gilbert Lorquet said: “In previous fundraising appeals, we have featured heart-warming

patient stories and demonstrated the need for research and technological initiatives to encourage the NSLHD community to donate. “Many of our donors are grateful patients or family members and loved ones of patients who have experienced our services and are grateful for everything that our NSLHD staff do. “For this reason, we want to feature you – our staff and

patients – at the heart of our appeal.” Get in touch with the NORTH Foundation if you would like to get involved – share your stories and fundraising requirements at comms@northfoundation. org.au.



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