Proposed Reconfiguration Of SA Pathology Suspended Until Mid 2018

Proposed Reconfiguration Of SA Pathology Suspended Until Mid 2018

South Australia Minister for Health Jack Snelling

SA Pathology Update

Victor P Taffa

Proposed reconfiguration of SA Pathology has been suspended until mid-next year.

“Move to the new RAH and the introduction of new state-of-the-art technology the time is not right at the moment.” Minister for Health Jack Snelling said.

Today’s announcement gives us more time for the new technology to be integrated into the health system and for staff to get settled at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH).

State Government’s decision was made following extensive consultation with staff, industry bodies and unions.

“A working group made up of clinicians, other staff and union delegates will now be set up to identify opportunities for efficiencies and a timeframe in which they can be achieved.” Mr. Snelling said.

 

Decision will ensure SA Pathology staff will be comfortable using new technologies at the new Royal Adelaide Hospital and will also have full access to the Enterprise Pathology Laboratory Information System (EPLIS), prior to any significant changes.

Between now and mid-2018, SA Pathology will engage closely with staff to improve change processes and find the right balance between sustainable and high-quality pathology services in South Australia.

Background

Following numerous staff forums and several periods of consultation, feedback significantly indicates further engagement is required to ensure the best possible outcome for staff, patients and the pathology system.

EPLIS will continue to be rolled out across pathology sites throughout 2017 and the new Royal Adelaide Hospital will open on September 5, 2017.