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Viewing entries posted in 2014

Geraint Martin

Taking stock

Posted by Geraint Martin on 18 July 2014 |

As we approach the end of the financial year, it’s important to look back on the past 12 months and reflect on how far we have come as an organisation. It’s been a busy and challenging year and despite the growing demands on our time, resources and services we continue to be a high performing organisation. This is backed up by the fact that we continue to see over 95% of our patients within 6 hours in Emergency Care and have treated 13% more elective patients than last year. This is a testament to the hard work and amazing effort by everyone involved.

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The Lazy Project Manager

Posted by Laura Simpson on 16 July 2014 |

Progress isn’t made by early risers. It’s made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something.’ Peter Taylor (The Lazy Project Manager)

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Geraint Martin

Keeping well this winter

Posted by Geraint Martin on 14 July 2014 |

While we are experiencing a relatively mild early winter, we must not be complacent about the risks of influenza. We currently have two people in our ICU suffering severely from influenza and we have had two deaths so far. And this is before winter really breathes down our necks. There is every sign of influenza ramping up in the South Island and experience tells us it will work its way north to us. It appears that H1N1 is the main culprit and this is indeed the nasty beast which played havoc in the last northern winter.

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Geraint Martin

Farewell and Thank You

Posted by Geraint Martin on 4 July 2014 |

Over the last few years as I’ve been doing my blog, I have been helped hugely by Katie Berry, a Senior Communications Advisor in our Communications Team. She has worked with me through thick and thin, encouraging me and others to make sure the CEO Blog happens every week. It is really to Katie’s credit that the blog has taken off as the great communication channel that it is. Sadly, she’s moving on to another role outside CM Health but before she goes, I thought it would be a good idea for her to sign off by contributing one last blog post about her time as a member of Team Counties. Over to you Katie, and thanks again for all your hard work…

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Geraint Martin

Introducing the At Risk Individuals Programme

Posted by Geraint Martin on 1 July 2014 |

Readers of this blog will remember George, a patient whose story was captured through our 20,000 Days Campaign. Sadly George ended up in hospital 28 times in the course of a year. That’s more than once a fortnight. This is indeed scary to contemplate when you consider that approximately 60,000 people in Counties Manukau live with long-term conditions. Clearly we cannot accommodate them all ending up in hospital as frequently as George has done in the past.

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Leading the Way with Safer Medicines at Discharge through SMOOTH

Posted by Sanjoy Nand, Pharmacy Service Manager and Clinical Lead SMOOTH on 25 June 2014 |

Reducing harm from medication errors that occur during discharge and following discharge is the key aim of the Safer Medicines Outcomes on Transfer Home (SMOOTH) service. It started as a collaborative with the 20,000 Days Campaign in September 2012, beginning its journey with small tests of change to develop a systematic process to improve medicines safety at discharge. Since then it has evolved into a care package for medicines management that is delivered to high risk patients discharged from all adult medical, surgical and rehabilitation wards.

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Geraint Martin

Entering Week Three of Project Swift

Posted by Geraint Martin on 23 June 2014 |

About a month ago, I posted a blog entitled Beginning a Revolution to announce our strategic partner for Project Swift (System Wide Information for Transformation). To recap, Project Swift is about using modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to redesign services and support for new models of care which better meet the needs of our community, enable integration of primary, community and hospital services, and improve efficiency. A few days after that post was published, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it had had a significant number of hits within 48 hours, revealing the huge level of interest in this truly ground-breaking project.

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The Times They Are A-Changin’

Posted by Dr Campbell Brebner, Chief Medical Advisor – Primary & Integrated Care on 18 June 2014 |

I have been working in healthcare for over 30 years and during that time I have seen the demand for health services grow, the health system become more fragmented and complex, and an increased focus on specialised care. These challenges are being felt across our entire health sector.

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Geraint Martin

And the Oscar Goes To…

Posted by Geraint Martin on 16 June 2014 |

There is no doubt that this is a fantastic organisation which is accustomed to celebrating great success. It’s especially rewarding when such success is recognized externally. It lends our achievements a certain validation and confirms that what we are doing here at CM Health ranks among the best on a larger stage. With that in mind, I have been extremely proud over this last week to learn of three very high-profile ways in which our organisation, and the talented individuals within it, have been recognized. And so let me tell you about an individual, a team and a building, all of whom have been applauded on the national stage.

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Discharge Lounge Making a Difference

Posted by teamcounties on 11 June 2014 |

About two weeks ago a Discharge Lounge was opened in Middlemore Hospital to provide a comfortable and relaxing place for patients awaiting discharge and/or collection by their family. What do our staff have to say about this new initiative?

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