Importance Of Outpatients At The Queen Elizabeth Hospital

1093 Words 4 Pages
Placement. Day 1.

I was lucky enough to be assigned to Outpatients at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital for my placement, being a hospital, I knew that I would be entering an environment with a very large demographic and community. On prior research I found it interesting to find that they care for more than 250,000 patients in primarily Adelaide’s western suburbs. I knew before my placement that this would include many different demographic factors such as, age, religion, sex, and culture. This also included patients with mental health problems, this skills and communication having to be adapted to appropriately care for this demographic. When arriving at the hospital, I found to my surprise that they have a range of specialised wards and clinics,
…show more content…
Outpatients is a sector where patients come for after surgery check up. This ranging from days or even weekly check-up’s depending on their progress. This sector believes that every patient should be treated with respect and dignity, an important primary health care promotion and philosophy. This was identified during my placement when a patient would need to expose their body for the surgery site, however to respect the patient the Nurse asked each patient if they would like them to the room and come back, this allowed the patient to prepare themselves with a little more dignity and less embarrassment. This ultimately increased the provided health care with a more patient focused and positive approach. The philosophy of ‘the patient comes first’ is very clear within TQEH outpatients, as all staff are friendly, approachable and greet each and every patient with a welcoming ‘hello’. This sector greatly addresses the need of the community as it is where post-op patients can ask questions, check on their progress and learn information on their particular case. Not only does TQEH outpatients provide this great service, I also found that they provide important information to each patient to ensure their post-op recovery is maximised. During my experience I saw Nurses providing patients information on how to bandage operated areas, when to take medications, which lotions and creams to use, all to increase their recovery. This kind of care promotes a positive health message as it shows the patient how they can be independent and speed up their recovery process with simple tasks such as applying bandages, compression stockings, medications, etc. The wider community benefit greatly from TQEH outpatients as many other countries and hospitals do not carry these same caring and dignified

Related Documents