Mid North Coast Hospital Admission and Discharge Notifications Pilot

Hospital admission and discharge notifications (ADNs) are intended to improve the flow of information to the GP about a patient’s health journey beyond primary care.

The Mid North Coast ADN pilot has been designed by eHealth NSW’s Integrated Care Program in partnership with the Mid North Coast Local Health District (MNCLHD).

The pilot starts in late September 2020 and will run for six months — real-time admission and discharge notifications will be sent for patients who nominate a regular GP who is listed correctly in the MNCLHD address book.

Clinician experience and feedback will inform the pilot evaluation.

Awareness of admission (means I) can talk with clinical staff if we have important information that they need for care of the patient. Can also contact family and arrange supports etc and be aware that patient may need to (see) us after discharge and arrange early DC review especially if DC summary is not timely eg orthopaedic admissions.

Watch this video to hear from local GPs involved in the MNCLHD Working Group — Dr Adrian Gilliland and Dr Gull Herzberg.

Overview

Notifications, sent as an event summary, will be delivered from MNCLHD facilities to the patient-nominated GP via secure messaging. Click here to see example notifications.

Event summaries will include:

  • ED discharge notification
  • COVID-19 Clinics notifications
  • Admission notifications – inpatient, including when a patient is transferred from ED to an inpatient ward
  • Discharge notification – inpatient

MNCLHD pilot resources:

This solution is also being piloted in South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra.

What's Involved

1. Update your contact information:
The secure delivery of patient information to the right person is dependent on accurate contact and addressing information. MNCLHD relies on general practices and AMSs telling them when a new staff member joins their service or when their practice details change – this helps keep the LHD ‘address book’ up to date, ensuring outbound hospital notifications can be sent/received.
Click here to update MNCLHD with your latest practice and GP information.

2. Educate your patients:
Admission and discharge notifications are sent directly to a patient’s nominated GP, so it’s important that your patients know who is their regular, or primary, GP by name. Some practices encourage patients to keep their GP’s business card in their wallet or phone case.

3. Provide feedback about your ADN experience:
Practices will be invited to provide feedback during the pilot through two questionnaires — at three months and six months. GPs and practice staff can provide feedback/suggestions or ask for support at any time via this online form

Contact for more information

Level One Support:
Click here to browse FAQs and find more information.

Level Two Support:
Contact your Healthy North Coast Primary Health Coordinator (PHC) or Aboriginal Health Coordinator (AHC) for general support needs or questions about the pilot. See contact details below.

Level Three Support:
Contact the MNCLHD working group to provide feedback or suggestions about the ADN pilot via this online form

Coordinator Contacts

Our organisation highly values our front-line partners in general practice, allied health, the Local Health Districts, as well as the wider health, mental health, and social service sectors.

The first point of contact for partner organisations and professionals seeking to improve joint health outcomes in the North Coast is the regional Primary Care Coordinators listed below.

Aboriginal health is a key priority for our organisation. We are committed to improving health outcomes and equitable outcomes across our region.

We have a dedicated Aboriginal Health Team to ensure Aboriginal health priorities across the North Coast are led by and identified in consultation with the Aboriginal Community Controlled sector (ACCS), Aboriginal people and communities.

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Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any APHRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid-North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid-North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the Directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This Directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers make sure they only refer clients to practitioners that have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by xxxx Sam? You can also show on your listing when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will send you an email every three months prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the Directory.