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Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Sydney Children’s Hospital leads the way at NSW Health Awards

Sydney Children’s Hospital (SCH), Randwick has come out on top at this year’s NSW Health Awards, receiving the award for Best Performing Principal Referral and Specialist Hospital in the State.

SCH is one of 17 principal referral and specialist hospitals in New South Wales, which include some of the largest and most reputable hospitals like Royal Prince Alfred, Royal North Shore, Westmead, Prince of Wales, St Vincent’s, St George and Sydney/Sydney Eye.

The Deputy Premier and Minister for Health, Carmel Tebbutt presented Professor Les White, SCH Executive Director with this well deserved award which is based on key performance indicators including emergency admission, off-stretcher times and elective surgery waiting lists.

This is the second time in the past three years the Hospital has won this prestigious award.

Professor White says this recognition by NSW Health is testament to the passionate and committed team of experts at SCH.

'I am proud to work with such an amazing team of health professionals who are 100 per cent committed to caring for some of our state’s sickest children,' said Prof White.

'2009 has been a very big year for SCH, with our team attending to an unprecedented number of children, in part due to the swine flu outbreak.

On our busiest day to date, our staff saw a 100 per cent increase in the number of children presenting to the emergency department, when compared to the same time last year.

To win this award, in spite of the year’s added challenges is all the more rewarding.

I would like to congratulate the team, who never cease to amaze me with their caring nature, expertise and commitment to improving the health outcomes of the children from NSW and beyond.

This is their award and is richly deserved.'

Sydney Children’s Hospital performed particularly well on off-stretcher time within (30 minute) benchmark; emergency department triage 3 treatment (within 30 minutes); a low rate of unplanned readmissions; and high ratings of care received.

About Sydney Children’s Hospital

Sydney Children’s Hospital is a state-wide tertiary facility for paediatrics and child health. It provides a comprehensive range of services and is the hub of an extensive and well developed clinical network. It is also a part of and a lead agent for the South Eastern Sydney Illawarra Area Health Service.

The Hospital is one of three tertiary centres for child health in NSW. It provides the most complex and comprehensive range of services in paediatric and adolescent
medicine and surgery. It also looks after a local community for all matters relating to child health, including a range of community services.

The Hospital offers a full range of specialist services which treat children with many conditions including cancer, trauma, HIV/AIDS, congenital abnormalities, disabilities, heart disease and respiratory disorders. The community child health precinct opened in 2003, accommodating community health services, including services for children with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders and other behavioural issues.

The Hospital is part of the Randwick Hospitals Campus, adjacent to the adult Prince of Wales Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women and the Prince of Wales Private Hospital and is located in close proximity to the University of New South Wales.

Together, they are the largest complex of teaching hospitals in Australia with facilities comparable to any in the world. Shared laboratories, imaging and scanning services, operating theatres and other infrastructures provide 'state of the art' equipment and cost effective health care.

Media enquiries: Jessica Jaramillo (02) 9382 3578 or 0404 001 722.

For Further Information Contact:

Jessica Jaramillo, Public Affairs Manager Tel: 9382 3571 - Mob: 0404 001 722

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