Eastern Courier : December 29th 2010
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Community radio brings together the interests, views and news of the community and gives people a taste of the industry. It will cater for an audience of up to 90,000 people. Behind the launch is radio veteran broad- caster John Lehmann who says content will include talkback, news, views and the best music from the 60s to the 90s. The station will be manned during shop- ping hours and will broadcast 24 hours a day. It will feature a com- munity bulletin board for local sports groups, churches and organis- ations to announce events and news. Anyone interested in presenting on the show, offering news tips, or just wanting to partici- pate is welcome to con- tact the radio station. The station is located in Botany Town Centre's Fountain Court South. Board takes leaf out of car manual Counties Manukau Dis- trict Health Board has taken a leaf out of Toyota's problem-solving manual in a bid to reduce the length of time patients spend in Middlemore Hospital's emergency department. Toyota's proven method of taking problems apart and building solutions has paid dividends for the health board, the first large health board to reach the government's target of 95 percent of patients being assessed, cared for and either transferred to a ward or discharged home from the emergency depart- ment in under six hours. The secret to its suc- cess required strong leadership from the highest level. The board and chief executive were commit- ted to the programme and made sure that all hospital staff were aware that achieving the target was everyone's respons- ibility. There was a clear expectation that health boards would be publicly accountable for their progress. The emergency depart- ment is the front door'' to the hospital, achieving the target required com- mitment from staff work- ing throughout the hos- pital because a clogged emergency department is often a sign of blockages at various stages of a patient's journey through the hos- pital system. Problems discharging patients can have a trickle-down effect right to the front door. Emergency care clini- cal head Dr Vanessa Thornton has led the process at Middlemore Hospital. When you break the steps down there are a number of contributing factors that can cause delays to a patient's treatment and care,'' she says. These include dupli- cation, communication problems, wide variation in care, insufficient capacity and bottlenecks in patient flow -- slowing the whole patient journey.'' Dr Thornton says her group tapped in to Toyota's A3 tool kit which involves three steps: Defining the prob- lem; researching the problem; implementing plans to fix the problem. The plan is sketched out on one A3-size piece of paper -- hence the name. And if the first sol- ution doesn't work, tweak it a little, measure the outcomes and keep going until you've found the solution. Because this approach involves all staff, there's ownership of the problems and solutions from the start, Dr Thorn- ton says. It's a way of looking at old problems with fresh eyes, she says. In one sense, meeting the target was the easy bit; sustaining it is an ongoing challenge,'' she says. We can't afford to take our foot off the accelerator. Like all quality improvement prog- rammes, it's a continual process. More than a year on, we're now at the stage of seeing how we can further refine processes. We're fortunate to have a general manager who has made it his pri- ority to ensure success. He's had a group working to clear roadblocks on the oper- ational side of things and the results speak for themselves. We were given the freedom to change the way we work to make a positive difference for patients. It's really gratifying to know that you're mak- ing a difference. It used to be the norm to have patients lined up on trolley beds in corridors -- now it's the exception. Another positive spin- off is the way it's lifted the mood of the depart- ment -- it's a much nicer place to work when there's a greater sense of teamwork.''
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