The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to fixing the broken health system and getting more Tasmanians into treatment.
Today the Tasmanian Health Service (THS) is holding a cardiology “super clinic” at the Launceston General Hospital to assess 120 patients who have been on a waiting list for specialist appointments.
Cardiologists from the Launceston General and Royal Hobart Hospitals and the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research will join a team of nurses, technicians, administrative staff and volunteers for the clinic – the first of its kind in the state under the newly created THS.
The Government and the THS know that tackling unacceptable waiting lists is an incredibly important focus.
That’s why the THS and cardiologists from across the state will deliver this clinic, which will provide a clinical review for 120 new patients from across the North and North West who have been referred to the LGH specialist clinics in the past 18 months.
There are currently about 800 cardiology referrals to specialist clinics waiting for appointments at the LGH with three cardiologists and two registrars who are able to see 11 new patients a week.
Using expertise from the LGH, RHH and Menzies teams (approximately 30 staff in total) will enable us to see 120 new patients in just one day.
This is a great example of the possibilities for better treatment enabled by the creation of a single statewide health system, and the commitment of staff across the state to work together to achieve results for patients.
Associate Professor Brian Herman, Director of Cardiology at the LGH said the super clinic demonstrated a new level of co-operation between physicians in a speciality area across the State.
He said the clinic would help provide answers for patients while delivering state of the art service and care.
“Patients will receive expert assessment and care from Tasmania’s leading specialists in cardiology in one spot,” Associate Professor Herman said.
“It is extraordinary to have this level of expertise working together in one clinic.”
Associate Professor Herman said between 85 and 90 per cent of those seen on the day would most likely be referred back to their GP for care after a full assessment and the remainder would have additional work-ups and follow-up through the hospital’s outpatient clinics.
The THS will continue to look for opportunities like this one to reduce waiting lists, as well as progressing the implementation of the full One Health System reforms over the coming months and years.
Michael Ferguson, Minister for Health