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Pathology excellence recognised at Ingham Health Service

14 February 2018

The Ingham Health Service has been awarded a prestigious pathology award recognising excellence in point-of-care testing, allowing quicker decision-making on patient care for clinicians.  

The Pathology Queensland State-wide Point-of-Care Testing Excellence in Quality award for 2017 is awarded in four categories, with the Ingham Health Service winning the ‘Best in State’ award.

Pathology Queensland State-wide Point-of-Care Testing Lead Cameron Martin said the Ingham Health Service had to meet a number of criteria to win the award.

“It was awarded to the Ingham Health Service as a remote health facility with no onsite pathology laboratory to process patient blood tests,” he said.

“The health service also correctly identified 99% of patient episodes; diagnosing the patient appropriately and implementing the required treatment plan based off results produced using the point-of-care testing.”

Mr Martin said the Ingham Health Service used two different point-of-care systems to identify and manage conditions such as sepsis and test basic chemistries for acute or chronic illness and pregnancy.

“Use of these devices at rural facilities improves efficiency when compared with sending specimens to the lab in Townsville and ultimately improves outcomes for patients who can get results quicker and receive appropriate treatment sooner.”

Ingham Health Service Director of Medical Services Dr Nick Milns said the Ingham Health Service team were thrilled to be recognised.

“Point of care testing has been used in our hospital for approximately eight years and is used mainly by nurses and doctors,” he said.

“The immediacy of crucial test results is the clear benefit of using point-of-care testing, with these test results guiding early management of patients and helping with decision making on treating patients locally or transferring them to The Townsville Hospital.

“To be recognised for our use of a system which has such a positive impact on the experience our patients have in our hospital and assists our clinicians to make quicker and more informed decisions is really great and we are thankful.”

Last updated: 22 February 2018