Burnside Hospital had been accredited by Australia’s leading independent authority on healthcare, the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS), continuously since 1985. This is a professional and national recognition awarded to healthcare facilities that meet defined standards.
In October 2014, ACHS recognised the high quality care delivered to patients of Burnside War Memorial Hospital by awarding it four years accreditation through its EQuIPNational program.
The EQuIPNational program is a rigorous, consumer focused program which measures how effective a healthcare organisation is in terms of patient care, based on standards developed by ACHS and the Australian Commission for Safety and Quality in Health Care in consultation with industry and consumers. These standards address the quality of the whole healthcare organisation and are developed with consumer input. It is a tool for healthcare organisations to continuously improve the quality of health care they deliver to the community.
Organisations must demonstrate, during a four year period, how they have improved the healthcare services they deliver. The Burnside Hospital has achieved an outstanding result in this latest ACHS accreditation process, reflecting the ongoing hard work, professionalism and commitment of the Board, management team, staff and volunteers to providing safe, contemporary care to every patient, every time.
The overall approach to meeting the requirements of the accreditation program which encompasses the mandated 10 National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards was evidenced during the 2016 Periodic Review, which Burnside Hospital underwent in August of 2016.
The survey provided Burnside an opportunity to demonstrate the strong commitment it has to providing safe, high quality healthcare to its consumers.
We are pleased to share with consumers the following comments from the Survey Coordinator:
"The survey team commends Burnside War Memorial Hospital on its very evident commitment to safe, high quality care, application of evidence, continuous improvement and management of risks. In general, the principles embodied in the National Standards and EQuIP National are effectively and conscientiously applied in practice. The Hospital was well prepared for survey and also ensured that the survey team was well prepared.
The leadership team at Burnside is very aware that, as a small, not-for-profit, stand-alone private hospital, it must work deliberately to ensure that it is applying contemporary best practice in all that it does. It does this very effectively by bench-marking its processes and learning from any authoritative sources which will contribute to continuous improvement."
- Survey Coordinator, ACHS (Aug 2016)