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Maryborough Hospital wins state pathology award

Maryborough Hospital has been awarded a prestigious pathology award recognising excellence in point-of-care testing, allowing Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service clinicians to make faster decisions about patient care.

The Pathology Queensland State-wide Point-of-Care Testing Excellence in Quality award recognises the performance of point-of-care testing sites across Queensland for the past year. It is awarded in four categories, with Maryborough Hospital’s emergency department winning the ‘best laboratory-supported site’ award.

WBHHS Maryborough Hospital Emergency Department Nurse Unit Manager Garry Houston said the team was excited to be recognised again for their contribution to the success of point-of-care testing across the state having previously won the highest compliance award in 2017.

“It’s fantastic to have our emergency nurses recognised for their excellence in delivering point-of-care testing to Fraser Coast patients, in collaboration with Pathology Queensland staff,” Mr Houston said.

“The recent upgrade of local pathology services at Maryborough Hospital has seen improved quality controls in point-of-care testing, so this recognition highlights how our team has handled the change and delivered for our patients.”

Pathology Queensland Statewide Point-of-Care Testing Lead Cameron Martin said that Maryborough Hospital had to meet a range of criteria to be considered for the award.

“High test success rates and high patient identification compliance are key criteria that we look at when deciding who to recognise. With over 300 facilities using the technology, and using it extremely well, it is always a tight finish,” Mr Martin said.

“Maryborough has a unique pathology service delivery model. It has onsite testing via a dedicated point-of-care facility supported by a medical scientist who oversees training, quality control and device maintenance as well as trained nursing and emergency department staff who operate the point-of-care testing equipment in the lab after hours.

“This concept has proved popular with the hospital team as it gives them 24-hour testing capability, and clinicians and patients faster access to test results.

“The emergency department team in Maryborough hit it out of the park with an outstanding test success rate, ensuring test results were attributed to the right patient allowing clinicians to diagnose and treat patients appropriately.”

Last year alone, over 400,000 people across Queensland got their results via point-of-care testing technology; however, that number is even higher when you look at the individual tests being analysed, which is over one million tests.

Last updated: 26 July 2019