Visiting the Esk Hospital are West Moreton Hospital and Health Board chair Dr Mary Corbett, Esk CRG Member Margaret Shepherd, Esk CRG Member Peter Nord-Thomson, West Moreton Hospital and Health Board member Julie Cotter.
Visiting the Esk Hospital are West Moreton Hospital and Health Board chair Dr Mary Corbett, Esk CRG Member Margaret Shepherd, Esk CRG Member Peter Nord-Thomson, West Moreton Hospital and Health Board member Julie Cotter. Derek Barry

Telehealth a priority for Esk hospital

IMPROVED access to Telehealth services and promotion of transport options were high on the agenda when the local health board visited Esk hospital on Friday.

The hospital was the venue for a meeting between the West Moreton Hospital and Health Board and the Esk Community Reference Group, one of five CRGs set up in 2014 to provide a direct link between the providers and users of local health services.

Esk CRG member Peter Nord-Thomson said access to healthcare services was a long-standing issue for rural communities.

"Over the next 12 months we will focus our energies on reviewing and promoting current transport options available to the community and improving access to Telehealth services," Mr Nord-Thomson said.

 "It is important for the community to have a voice when it comes to essential services such as health care and we hope that Esk residents will embrace the opportunity to connect with us and become more involved with their local health service providers."

West Moreton Hospital and Health Board chair Dr Mary Corbett said they were working with specialist care providers to support the expansion of existing Telehealth clinics at Esk Hospital.

"We expect to open geriatric and outpatient clinics in October," she said.

"Over the next few months we will ensure mechanisms are in place to encourage the community to come forward and work with their local reference group to help set future directions for patient-centred healthcare."

The Esk Community Reference Group meets every two months to discuss ideas that will inform decision-making around local health care services.

You can contact the Esk Community Reference Group at email WM-CRG@health.qld.gov.au.



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