Bored on the Ward
Project Lead:Brooke Du Ross, Senior Social Worker
Implementation Date: 1 June 2018
Project Outline: To use Virtual Reality as a diversional therapy tool to complement the already existing engagement strategies (high tea, pet therapy, dining room project) in Rehabilitation Units at Mona Vale Hospital. Virtual Reality will be implemented with the support of the medical team and will be used in individual and group settings. At Mona Vale Virtual Reality will be used as a socializing tool, diversional therapy tool to combat isolation, boredom, loneliness, anxiety, depression and chronic pain and for reminiscence therapy.
Supporting Carers at the Bedside
Project lead: Barbara Lewis, Carer Support Manager
Executive Sponsor: Paul Russell, Director Clinical Governance
Implementation Date: 1 June 2018
Project Outline: To implement a carer awareness training package for staff and increasing the number of recliner chairs available. This project will be implemented with a targeted approach aligned to the falls prevention wards.
My Surgery Journey
Project Lead: Jillian Moxey, Service Development Manager
Project Outline: To implement a smart phone app, newsletter/patient booklet and SMS system district-wide to support patient education and experience across the entire surgery journey. The project will provide consistent and standardised information across the district, that can be tailored for specific features such as locations and contact information. Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD developed the package and has agreed to work with NSLHD.
The app and newsletter will allow patients to receive key pre and post operative health information via animated videos, easy to understand written and pictorial information and key dates/instructions. The app and newsletter can be translated into key languages for the district. To complement the information an SMS notification system will be rolled out to support patients regarding their surgery e.g fasting times, when to arrive at the hospital and who to contact.
Project Lead:Professor Geoffrey Tofler, Consultant Cardiologist
Estimated Implementation Date: August 2018
Project Outline:To incorporate a one page patient directed discharge summary (PADDLE) into clinical practice; such that PADDLE letters are routinely and efficiently completed and discussed with patients, including teach back methodology; the letters are high quality (health literacy, accuracy, and consistency); and patients and family/carers find them informative and useful. This program of work will include specialised training for JMOs and work with the broader MDT team.
Project Lead: Melissa Scattergood, Senior Dietician
Implementation Date: 16 May 2018
Project Outline: To create a series of nutrition videos to enable education for patients, consumers and family members of those receiving cancer treatment for the most common taste change symptoms.
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Embedding Person Centred Care Plans
Project Lead: Euan Mcleay, Clinical Nurse Consultant
Executive Sponsor Graham Miller, Deputy Director of Nursing, Macquarie Hospital
Estimated Implementation Date: October 2018
Project Outline: To embed person-centred care planning into the assessment and review process on two wards at Macquarie Hospital.