Mount Druitt best in Australia
02 Jun 2015
Mount Druitt Hospital Supportive and Palliative Care has topped the country, becoming one of just five units in Australia to have met every national benchmark.
It was assessed by the Palliative Care Outcomes Collaboration (PCOC) which measures results and performance across Australia.
The unit, which is a 16-bed short-stay facility based at Mount Druitt Hospital, was recognised for its outstanding delivery in the areas of pain management and the implementation of effective and timely care plans.
The comprehensive service supports the Blacktown and Mount Druitt communities.
Along with providing holistic care for people with an advanced, progressive terminal illness, it offers physical, emotional, social and spiritual support to patients.
Located in a separate building to the hospital, it has a homely atmosphere, offering appropriate support to carers and families who are grieving or distressed.
Blacktown and Mount Druitt hospitals’ general manager Sue-Anne Redmond said hardworking staff have cemented the unit’s position as a leader in its field.
“Helping patients who are dying as well as their families and carers is a key responsibility and priority for our hospital,” she said.
“This unit is vital and those providing quality care are incredible, inspirational people.”
Over the past 12 months there have been over 380 admissions to the unit and it assists, as required, 640 individuals under palliative care in the community for after-hours crisis support when needed.
The after-hours service supports community members from the lower Blue Mountains, Auburn local government area (LGA), Parramatta LGA, Hawkesbury, Blacktown and Mount Druitt.