Our local health district second best in NSW for cancer care

A SURVEY conducted by the Bureau of Health Information and the Cancer Institute of NSW has found that the Northern NSW Local Health District is pretty good when it comes to cancer care.

Almost 6,500 Adult Admitted patients with cancer who were admitted to a NSW public hospital were surveyed between July 2013 until July 2014. 

This feedback revealed that NNSW LHD came in second to Southern NSW LHD, which was rated the highest overall in New South Wales.

The report contained results of 36 questions, which were organised into four groups: Access and continuity of care; Communication and patient engagement; Personalised and responsive care; and Integrated and effective care.

Chris Crawford, Chief Executive, NNSW LHD said "patients have responded positively to the questions and the results are very good".

"I was particularly pleased to read that Grafton Base Hospital was one of the best three hospitals in NSW," Mr Crawford said.  

"Each of these hospitals received significantly better results than the rest of NSW for 12 of the survey questions.

The results were significantly higher for the LHD from patients when asked if they were involved in decisions about discharge and they said staff completely considered their family and home situation when planning their discharges, Mr Crawford said.

Patients gave high praise to the nurses saying they were kind and caring and were always treated with respect and dignity while in hospital.

Mr Crawford extended his appreciation to all the Clinicians and support staff for the effort they make to achieve such pleasing results.

"Our clinical and support Staff are the face of the LHD," he said.

"They are the first point of contact when patients are admitted to hospital, during their stay and when being discharged from hospital. 

"It is heartening to receive such positive feedback from our patients.

"I thank our Clinicians and Staff for their dedication and the care they provide to patients across the LHD."

Topics:  cancer cancer care northern nsw local health district

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