20/09/2021 | Stephen Wade MLC | Better Services

Residents in Port Pirie are set to benefit from more efficient and better access to surgical services at Port Pirie Regional Health Service, as part of a new surgical outreach service starting today.

The outreach service involves a consultant surgeon from Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) and a surgical registrar visiting Port Pirie Hospital two days per week to provide surgical consultations and procedures to public and private patients in the community.

Minister for Health and Wellbeing Stephen Wade said the service will play a key role in providing expanded surgical services to local residents and surrounding communities.

“We know there is high demand for surgical services in the Port Pirie region, and this new partnership between our metropolitan and regional Local Health Networks will significantly help meet the needs of the community and streamline the process for patients requiring surgery,” said Minister Wade.

“The Marshall Liberal Government is committed to delivering high quality health care for regional South Australia. We are putting patients first and boosting local surgical services so more patients in the Mid North can receive the treatment they need, closer to home.

“The joint service will help deliver more efficient care, better patient outcomes and increase the hospital’s surgical capability so more patients can receive their surgery at Port Pirie Hospital.

“By boosting surgical services at Port Pirie Hospital, we are delivering on our commitment to improving regional health services and delivering better healthcare for regional South Australians.”

Yorke and Northern Local Health Network Executive Director Medical Services, Dr Viney Joshi, said the surgical outreach service is a great step for health in the Yorke and Northern region.

“This is great news for not only Port Pirie residents, but also for residents across the Yorke and Northern region who will benefit from greater access to high quality surgical services in their local community,” said Dr Joshi.

“We are pleased to work together with NALHN and their surgical team who will provide surgical lists and face-to-face consultations on a weekly basis for both private and public patients requiring surgical care.

“Patients will be able to link in directly with the NALHN surgeons via telehealth and have access to more efficient care through a referral pathway to the Lyell McEwin Hospital for patients requiring specialised surgical care.

“This surgical service will further strengthen the delivery of healthcare at Port Pirie Hospital and assist in providing future training opportunities for rural generalists as part of the Rural Health Workforce Strategy.”

NALHN Director of Surgical Services, Professor Jegan Krishnan, said the network was excited to partner with Yorke and Northern Local Health Network to deliver more complex care to the community in Port Pirie.

“By working hand-in-hand with the medical division at the Port Pirie Hospital we can ensure the local community is receiving integrated care, closer to home,” said Professor Krishnan.

“Our surgeons will be able to escalate more complex cases to the Lyell McEwin Hospital, ensuring people from the Port Pirie region have continuity of care from the moment they are admitted to Port Pirie Hospital, right through to the Lyell McEwin Hospital.”

Patients can speak with their local GP to organise a referral to the service.