Top marks for community hospital


South Australia’s North Eastern Community Hospital (NECH) has received a glowing accreditation report after undergoing its three year accreditation check last month.

Assessed under all 10 of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS), the not-for-profit facility was awarded a nine ‘Met with Merit’ rating score in Standards 1 and 2 - the highest score a hospital can receive.

NECH Chief Executive Officer Scott Williams said: “This is the first time we have received such a high level of accreditation, so it was great to see all the hard work of the staff recognised.

“Every staff member has worked tirelessly in implementing and building on the Standards for this accreditation, with our culture of safety and quality clearly evident.”

The NSQHS Standards provide a nationally consistent statement of the level of care consumers should be able to expect from health service organisations. The 10 Standards are:

  • Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations;
  • Partnering with Consumers;
  • Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections;
  • Medication Safety;
  • Patient Identification and Procedure Matching;
  • Clinical Handover;
  • Blood and Blood Products;
  • Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries;
  • Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care; and
  • Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls.

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