Sandra Parr1, Simone Niejalke1, Nicolette Varvounis1
1Northern Adelaide Local Health Network, Australia
Allied Health disciplines (Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Social Work, and Speech Pathology) extended their clinical service hours from 8am-4pm to 8am-6pm Monday-Friday across acute inpatient wards at Lyell McEwin Hospital. This change was achieved within existing resources by staggering start and finish times. The primary aim of extending hours of service was to enable a quicker response to high priority referrals, ensuring timely adjustment of care and discharge plans.
To evaluate the impact of extended hours, each discipline kept a log of their activity during 4-6pm and data was extracted from current databases to determine any change in response times following extended hours implementation.
When extended hours was in operation, the response time to patients seen same day at receipt of referral increased by 28% on the same period the previous year.
The results indicate Allied Health extended hours positively influenced response times. It is hypothesised that this has had a positive impact on patient outcomes and the patient journey during their hospital admission. Allied Health disciplines have continued to operate extended hours across 8am-6pm following this initial evaluation.
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