Hospital receives top marks for quality and safety

DSC04864St John of God Murdoch Hospital has received resoundingly positive feedback in its National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) accreditation.

Hospital caregivers have spent the last 18 months preparing for accreditation against 10 NSQHS standards and an additional five standards as part of the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards EQuIPNational Program for the first time in the organisation’s history.

After a week-long survey in which caregivers were interviewed, documentation analysed and departments scrutinised, accreditors declared the hospital would not receive any ‘recommendations for improvement’ which indicates all the requirements have been satisfactorily met.

Accreditors also highlighted outstanding compliance with certain standards, including safety and quality processes, quality improvement initiatives, environment and sustainability, partnering with consumers and workforce planning.

Hospital Chief Executive Officer John Fogarty said the feedback received was reflective of the hard work of caregivers across the hospital to gain the highest standards in quality and safety.

“We are immensely proud of this achievement,” Mr Fogarty said.

“This accreditation really gave us the opportunity to showcase our excellent safety and quality processes and systems.”

“Meeting and excelling against these standards reflects the commitment of our caregivers to deliver the highest quality care each and every day to our patients. It has also given us a platform upon which to continue to continually assess and improve the ways we work.”

The Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQH), a government agency that coordinates national improvements in safety and quality across Australia, implemented these standards in 2012.

For more information on the standards the hospital against which the hospital was assessed, please visit http://www.achs.org.au/

To find out about more on how St John of God Murdoch Hospital provides quality health care, please visit www.sjog.org.au/murdoch/quality

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