NSLHD News December 18

Health Minister Brad Hazzard touring Hornsby’s new pharmacy department

Hornsby’s pharmacy goes robotic Hornsby has become the first public hospital in the state to use robotics in its pharmacy department.

the disruption of attending hospital for lengthy treatments three times a week. As the service grew it moved first to a larger premises in Darling Point and then more recently to the Community Health Centre at Royal North Shore Hospital. Today patients who undertake the treatment option of home dialysis attend a six to eight week training course before they transfer to self-managed care at home. They are supported by a dedicated team of medical, nursing, technical and support staff. The Sydney Dialysis Centre is still one of the largest home haemodialysis services in Australia. The new departments have opened in the clinical services building. “The $265 million Hornsby Ku-ring- gai Hospital Stage 2 redevelopment will provide a superior experience for patients, carers, staff and visitors, with a larger emergency department and an ICU about three times the size of the previous one,” Mr Hazzard said. “The new, state-of-the-art pharmacy is also more than double in size and, thanks to its advanced robotics, can select and dispense medications and conduct stocktakes faster, reducing errors and wastage and allowing pharmacists to spend more time with patients.” The remaining departments will open early next year, followed by the expansion of the emergency department.

The new robotic dispensing arm was on show as the Health Minister Brad Hazzard and Member for Hornsby Matt Kean toured the new department. The pharmacy department boasts a ROWA dispensing system, which can automatically stocktake, fulfil bulk dispensing and ensure stock rotation to reduce wastage. The impressive machine allows for pharmacists to spend more time conducting research, projects and be present on wards speaking with patients and family about medications. Mr Hazzard also visited the newly opened intensive care unit (ICU) which is now double the size of its previous department in the original hospital’s Florence Nightingale wing.

SYDNEY DIALYSIS CENTRE CELEBRATES 50 YEARS Sydney Dialysis Centre recently celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Established in 1970, this service was the first home haemodialysis training centre in Australia. Revolutionary for its time, the centre aimed to prepare and support patients with end stage renal disease to manage their own dialysis treatments at home. Patients attending the centre, first located at St Luke’s Hospital, were taught to prepare and operate the equipment, access their own blood supply and manage home emergency situations such as power and water outages. This innovative treatment option meant patients could incorporate their dialysis treatment into every-day life without



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