Partnership provides clear vision for locals
IN LESS than four months since Bundaberg Private Day Hospital opened, more than 270 local public patients requiring cataract procedures have been seen under a public-private partnership with Wide Bay Hospital and Health Service.
“To have so many public patients receive treatment since starting the partnership with Bundaberg Private Day Hospital supports the decision to enter this private-public partnership,” WBHHS Chief Executive Adrian Pennington said.
“This is a great example of how public-private partnerships can help give our patients access to the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”
Despite the huge need for services, patients have benefitted from some of the shortest waiting times in Australia, with a maximum of two months for an outpatient appointment and two months for elective surgery.
“The recommended clinical pathway across Australia is two years, so to provide a pathway from referral to elective surgery in under four months is an outstanding achievement by WBHHS and Bundaberg Private Day Hospital teams,” Adrian said.
For patients such as Laz Kiraly, having a cataract procedure performed locally in a timely manner has made a real difference to his daily life.
“My eyesight was getting so bad that every day when I shaved I had to do it by touch because I couldn’t see the bristles, and I had to feel my face to make sure I had shaved properly,” Laz said.
I was worried about losing my licence too, which meant I wouldn’t be able to help my mother, take her shopping and to appointments, or even get myself to my health appointments.”
Bundaberg Private Day Hospital clinical optometrist Claire Finter said it was rewarding to work with public patients and provide them with cataract services.
“Some of them are unable to access cataract services in any other way, so it’s great that we can offer public surgery for cataract procedures here,” Dr Finter said.