‘Flying squad’ home care
New models of care will save hospitals money but will also benefit the elderly, says Terry Clout chief executive of the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District.
To save $2.2 billion over the next four years, as well as deal with a budget cut of $775 million at the same time, hospitals are implementing new models of care that could see elderly patient stays drop from 22 to 10 days. "With an ageing and growing population, SESLHD felt it was important to develop strategies that would meet the growing demands on our health facilities and services," he said. "SESLHD has implemented several models of care to improve the treatment of aged care and rehabilitation clients." Clout revealed that programs such as the Geriatrician Flying Squad program run at St...
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