Palmerston Regional Hospital Patient Menu Improves

Palmerston Regional Hospital Patient Menu Improves

Northern Territory Minister for Health Natasha Fyles

Delivering High Quality Health And More Jobs At Palmerston Regional Hospital

Victor P Taffa

Minister for Health, Natasha Fyles, today visited Palmerston Regional Hospital (PRH) to inspect the range of new menu items specifically designed for future patients.

This will be the Territory’s first new hospital in 40 year which will deliver high quality health services to Palmerston and rural residents and create 300 new jobs.

“Territorians want and deserve access to high quality health services and in one month’s time the first new hospital in 40 years will be open for Palmerston and rural Darwin residents in August when it is clinically safe.” Minister Fyles said.

“New hospital will create 300 new health roles, and so far, 73% of positions are filled. 188 positions will have commenced by the end of this month.”

Minister Fyles visited the hospital today to inspect a new menu items specifically crafted to ensure patients have nutritious meals to aid in their recovery.

“We know that good nutrition supports healing and recovery, and with the new and improved menu, we hope to encourage higher patient food consumption and improve the nutritional input with the aim to reducing the average length of stay at PRH.” Minister Fyles said.

“Specifically designed nutritional menu has been created for all inpatients at Palmerston Regional Hospital with changes to the previous RDH menu cycle, extended to include PRH.”

“All meals will be prepared on site by the Food Service department chefs and staff, with a 365 day service using local suppliers where possible to source all ingredients such as fresh fruit and vegetables.”

PRH is implementing the NT Health, Healthy Choices Made Easy Policy (HCME) and with RDH is strengthening the HCME policy by developing local guidelines limiting the sale of sugar sweetened soft drinks across both sites including the café and vending machines.

Palmerston Regional Hospital will provide a number of benefits, including:

  • An emergency department operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
  • Reduce waiting times for planned day and elective day surgery,
  • Provide better access to emergency care,
  • Be the Northern Territory’s centre of excellence for rehabilitative care and provide greater access to older people who need complex rehabilitative care,
  • Provide better access to maternity services closer to home.
  • Antenatal and postnatal care,
  • Outpatient clinics, medical imaging including CT scanning, and telehealth care for rural patients.

Like many other hospital openings in Australia, clinical services will increase gradually over the first 18 months, to ensure patient needs and patient safety continues to be met.

New 116-bed, $170 Million hospital, jointly funded by the Federal ($110 Million) and Northern Territory ($60 Million) Governments represents the most significant investment in Northern Territory health services in more than 40 years.