Record numbers of patients being treated

23 October 2014

Every year our health services are seeing more Queenslanders present to emergency departments, more patients admitted to our hospitals and more patients referred to outpatient services. In fact Queensland is experiencing some of the highest growth of activity in the country.

Our local HHS is at the forefront of meeting this demand, and as part of the LNP’s strong plan to revitalise Queensland Health has delivered a significant increase in the front line services being delivered to local residents of the Cleveland electorate.

Compared to Labor’s last full financial year in Government we seen a 12 per cent increase in local accident and emergency services in our local hospitals.

Hospitals across the Metro South HHS saw 260 869 presentations to accident and emergency services in 2013–14, an increase of nearly 23, 230  presentations compared to Labors last full year in office.”

Compared to Labor, we have recorded an 8.4 per cent increase in the delivery of outpatient services and a total of 4.44 million patients in 2013–14.

There has been a 12 per cent increase in services provided to local patients admitted to hospitals in the Metro South HHS.

Almost 195, 236 local patients receiving care in our hospitals in 2013–14. This was an extra 21, 598 patients treated compared to Labor’s last full year.

Not only have we seen increased admitted activity in our own hospitals delivered by our own staff, we are also witnessing an increase in the admitted activity we are delivering in partnership with the private sector.


LNP announces blitz focussed on local eye surgery

20 October 2014

The wait for important eye surgery will soon be over for almost 2069 local patients with the LNP Government today announcing a $23.4 million blitz to bring them much-needed relief.

The new statewide campaign to slash ophthalmology (eye surgery) long wait lists will improve the quality of life for patients who have been queuing for treatment for too long, with vision impairment or debilitating eye conditions.

We are progressively revitalising the Queensland health system and the LNP Government is now focussing firmly on the unacceptably long wait for ophthalmology appointments to ensure Queenslanders have better access to vital eye care.

In September this year, there were more than 7900 people in Queensland waiting longer than clinically recommended for an initial ophthalmology appointment. Locally, within the Metro South HHS around 2069 local residents are waiting.

Queensland Health has engaged ophthalmology service providers in a bid to clear this long wait list.

We all know and appreciate how important good eye sight is to people’s health and well-being and the Government has a strong plan to ensure Queenslanders who have been waiting too long to see an ophthalmologist get that important treatment.

Contracts with service providers were developed off the back of the Queensland Government’s successful campaign to provide cochlear implants for people with hearing loss.

The Government has accepted proposals from service providers which will mean every ophthalmic patient who had waited longer than clinically recommended will be seen and treated by 30 June, 2015.

Patients will be assessed for a range of vision impairments and debilitating eye conditions, such as cataracts, before receiving medical treatment or surgery if required.

The multi-million dollar eye surgery blitz follows the release of new long wait elective surgery figures showing a massive reduction of more than 90 per cent in the number of patients waiting longer than clinically recommended for their surgery.

The services would be delivered in addition to ophthalmology services currently available and did not represent a cut to existing public hospital services. Health and Hospital Services around the state will retain current funding for the delivery of healthcare in line with their service agreement.

Health Minister, Lawrence Springborg would soon send letters out to eligible local ophthalmology patients to advise them of the good news. 

ENDS


Redlands ambulance service bolstered with Cleveland station opening

16 September 2014

As Ambulance Week festivities are underway across the state, the Redlands community celebrated with the official opening of the Cleveland Ambulance Station.

Health Minister Lawrence Springborg joined Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) Commissioner Russell Bowles and member for Cleveland Mark Robinson at today’s proceedings and said the commissioning of the station, which has been operational since late June, is already further enhancing patient care.

“As part of the Queensland Government’s strong plan for a brighter future, we have invested in building this state-of-the-art facility in the busy Metro South Local Ambulance Service Network (LASN),” Mr Springborg said.

 

“The Cleveland station has 24 paramedics, led by Officer-in-Charge Kelsie Pelka.

Already this financial year, crews have attended more than 1,400 cases.

Most of these responses have been for life-threatening emergencies.

“With such a busy workload, it’s vital those on the frontline have access to the best facilities and resources and this station certainly ticks all the boxes in terms of modern design and practicality.” he said.

The facility has multi-purpose meeting and training rooms, generous staff accommodation quarters, a fully equipped kitchen and spacious vehicle garages including a plant room. The comfortable working environment for paramedics includes a furnished patio area with a barbeque.

Smart and eco-friendly design components include solar power and hot water systems, rain water tanks plumbed into toilets and vehicle wash bays, sky lights and motion-sensored lighting.

Mr Robinson said the future needs of the community will be met.

“The station houses a fleet of six Mercedes 319 Sprinter vehicles and one Subaru Forester, ensuring crews are well-placed to respond.”

He acknowledged the outstanding work of the Cleveland Local Ambulance Committee which works diligently behind-the-scenes in support of the service and community alike.

“Led by President Neville Coventry, these dedicated volunteers organised a variety of fundraisers to purchase additional equipment and resources for paramedics, while also acting as a conduit between the service and community to help improve operations,” he said.


Redland Hospital Results

  • Category 1 Treatment improved: 86% to 90%
  • Category 2 Treatment improved: 78% to 93%
  • Metro South General Dental waiting list: 10,859 to Zero

Since taking office in March 2012, the Newman Government has made significant inroads into addressing many of the well documented problems within Queensland Health.  These wonderful results for Redland Hospital have come on the back of the new Palliative Care Services and Paediatric Emergency Department. 

Cleveland Electorate residents will benefit from the additional funding by maintaining and improving the quality of service at our local Redland Hospital.
 
The re-built Cleveland Ambulance Station will be commissioned soon.  Mark has worked tirelessly to ensure that a modern replacement has been delivered following the loss of the former station to an arson attack.  The new facility will allow our highly valued ambulance officers to service the Cleveland community at the highest standard.
 

Redland Hospital Precinct Expansion

Mark is working with the Metro South Health Board to consider the long term health needs of the community and the possibility of expanding the hospital beyond its current site.