Whanganui DHB celebrates national Patient Safety Week

31 October 2014
An Open for better care campaign stand with medication safety-focussed information, activities and much more is how the Whanganui District Health Board (WDHB) will kick off next week’s Health Quality and Safety Commission-coordinated national Patient Safety Week.
WDHB chief executive Julie Patterson says the week, which runs from 3-9 November, is an opportunity for Whanganui’s health sector to celebrate its patient safety achievements but it is also when the WDHB can reaffirm its commitment to providing the safest and highest quality care possible.
“Patient safety is at the very top of our list - nothing is more important to us - safe quality care is a key focus for Whanganui DHB every week of the year,” says Mrs Patterson. “So having a week where we can look back and celebrate the amazing patient safety achievements of our staff is really great.”
“We have just come out of the busiest winter the hospital has seen in a long while and our staff have been amazing to have continued our consistently good results in the national health targets and remain a top performing DHB in areas such as hand hygiene,” says Mrs Patterson.
“It really is thanks to our staff that we perform as well as we do as a DHB.”
During Patient Safety Week, the WDHB will be reiterating the importance of patient safety to staff, and talking about simple things they can do to keep patients safe.
“Patient safety in general will be highlighted but our activities for the week will have a particularly medication safety focus to tie in with the Open for better care campaign’s latest topic,” says Mrs Patterson.
Patients, visitors and staff alike are all encouraged to come along and enjoy the fun at the WDHB’s Patient Safety Week stand on Monday 3 November in Wanganui Hospital’s main cafeteria. The stand will be open from 11.30am to 1.30pm and will feature patient safety related information, games and activities as well as a sausage sizzle, a special Patient Safety Week branded cake and giveaways.
Patient Safety Week posters will be displayed around the Wanganui Hospital campus to highlight the week and provide information about what patients and visitors can do to help keep themselves safe when in hospital.
The HQSC is driving improvement in the safety and quality of New Zealand’s health care through the national patient safety campaign, Open for better care, and initiatives like national Patient Safety Week.