A NEW communications system has been installed at Timboon’s hospital to help improve patient safety.
The $60,000 nurse call system provides patients with a push-button handset for bedside assistance and has a led-light screen at the nurses’ station for monitoring.
The hospital’s clinical services director Charmane Hill said the system had taken several months to plan and install.
She said staff and patients would benefit from the new electronic monitoring system.
“It helps to improve our patient safety standards as it enables nurses to make informed choices in regards to prioritising calls,” Ms Hill said.
“It is also of great assistance in emergency situations and the handset is easy to read, which is more user-friendly for patients.”
The system was installed by a specialist Melbourne firm and funded by the Timboon and District Health Services, in conjunction with the state Health Department.
Meanwhile, Timboon hospital dietitian Laura Jones has been successful in gaining entry to Deakin University’s doctorate program.
The 26-year-old has been in the industry for five years and already holds an undergraduate degree in nutrition from Deakin University.
Ms Jones will begin her PhD in March, focusing on heart disease mortality in rural populations.
“I’m really excited to begin the research,” Ms Jones said.
“I can see that research is a great pathway to make a difference in your field.”