Bernadette Loughnane, executive director Tweed/Byron Health Service Group.
Bernadette Loughnane, executive director Tweed/Byron Health Service Group. John Gass

Shorter waiting times and better care at Tweed hospitals

SHORTER waiting times and better patient care are just some of the big plans new executive director of the Tweed-Byron Health Services Group has for hospitals in the region.

Bernadette Loughnane, who took up the top job on May 27 and will be based in Tweed, said she would monitor the Tweed, Murwillumbah, Byron and Mullumbimby hospitals very closely as part of her new position.

"My responsibility is to work very closely with the clinical staff, allied health services, doctors and nurses to best meet the health care needs of the local community," she said.

She said one of her main aims was to work with staff on their leadership roles to help best serve the future direction of health services in the Tweed.

The aim is for patients who present to emergency to be admitted, discharged or transferred within four hours.

As part of this, Ms Loughnane said working towards meeting the National Emergency Access Targets was important.

"The aim is for patients who present to emergency to be admitted, discharged or transferred within four hours," she said.

"Tweed is already leading the way and is on target."

Ms Loughnane put it down to excellent clinical staff individually taking charge.

The hospital is now busy preparing for the next phase of accreditation. Ms Loughnane has experience in surveying similar hospitals.

An additional procedure room has also been installed in one of the operating theatres at the Tweed Hospital.

Improvements are also being made to other hospitals in the region, including the Murwillumbah Hospital's emergency ward refurbishment and a new transit lounge at Tweed.

Ms Loughnane also stressed that volunteers who helped at the hospital and ran the auxiliary shop were also a critical part of the hospital.



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