Necessity breeds innovation: GPs help prevent an emergency department closure

Partanen, Riitta L., O'Brien, Maxine L. and Eley, Diann S. (2009) Necessity breeds innovation: GPs help prevent an emergency department closure. Australian Health Review, 33 3: 467-471. doi:10.1071/AH090467

Author Partanen, Riitta L.
O'Brien, Maxine L.
Eley, Diann S.
Title Necessity breeds innovation: GPs help prevent an emergency department closure
Journal name Australian Health Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0156-5788
Publication date 2009-08-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/AH090467
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 33
Issue 3
Start page 467
End page 471
Total pages 5
Editor Stephen Duckett
Place of publication Collingwood, Vic., Australia
Publisher CSIRO Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
11 Medical and Health Sciences
1117 Public Health and Health Services
Abstract In January 2006 the Maryborough Base Hospital in Queensland faced imminent closure of its emergency department (ED) due to a shortage of senior medical staff. At the same time patient confidence in Queensland Health was low. During consultation forums, the community had made it clear that their priority was to maintain emergency services in Maryborough. In search of a solution, the Fraser Coast District Health Service asked Maryborough general practitioners to work in the Maryborough Hospital ED and/or in the internal medicine ward as Visiting Medical Officers. While this represented a solution to the problem, there was much to be considered before such a plan could be put into place.
Keyword Medical personnel
Emergency services
Family physicians
Workforce planning
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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