New hospital standards will put focus on patients



NEW hospital standards will mean more patient-focused care. The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) has released a draft of its reviewed accreditation standards for hospitals due to be implemented in January 2007.

The draft looks at ways hospitals can improve the standard of care.

Gladstone Health Service District acting quality management co-ordinator Amanda Hoffman said the new standards meant hospitals would become more patient-focused.

"What is exciting about these new standards is that they allow us to ensure patients have in place any services they may need upon being discharged from hospital.'

Ms Hoffman said the new standards also required hospitals to look at the referral systems they had in place so patients could access adequate care once they left the hospital.

Ms Hoffman said the other major change in hospital standards was they would be required to ensure all staff were properly credentialled.

'The process for checking the credentials of prospective staff has been formalised to ensure all steps have been completed to ensure qualifications are accurate,' Ms Hoffman said.

The review began in February this year and key stakeholder groups have until next month to comment on the draft guidelines.



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