Health

Quality healthcare focus recognised at The Geelong Clinic



The provision of quality healthcare has long underpinned the clinical and support services at The Geelong Clinic.

Recently the clinic undertook an extensive accreditation process by national body, Australian Council Hospital Standards (ACHS).

Janine Haigh, General Manager of The Geelong Clinic explains that the survey was a first for Healthscope and Geelong, across the national standards, mental health standards and post-traumatic stress disorder standards.

“Our team work amazingly hard and their dedication and commitment has been rewarded with The Geelong Clinic meeting all required standards,” explains Janine. The survey was undertaken over four days and involved measurement against 26 standards, all-encompassing multiple criteria.

The Geelong Clinic is one of the largest private healthcare providers to deliver an extensive range of mental health services in Geelong, the greater Bellarine and surrounding regional areas.

“With the increasing demand on mental health services in our area, our team understand the need to provide our patients with comprehensive services. Paramount is the ability to provide quality and safe healthcare services that assist with our patient’s rehabilitation,” explains Janine.

A key service, recognised as part of the accreditation, is the achievements made by the clinics Post Traumatic Stress Disorder team, who headed up by Dr van Ammers, focus on providing care for Australian veterans.

“The high praise attributed by ACHS to the PTSD team is well rewarded, they work tirelessly to provide an all-encompassing mental health service. Our patients often state that the programs are targeted to their exact, individual needs,” explains Janine.

Not a team to rest on their laurels, post accreditation the clinic are working on programs that will not only enhance the current services but also add new services based on demand.

“Our focus is always to provide our local community with the services they need to avoid lengthy travel for patients and time away from their loved ones. Our ACHS accreditation demonstrates clearly that quality health care with a focus on patient safety is available right here in Geelong,” said Janine.