Introducing the new Northern Integrated Care Service
A new Northern Integrated Care Service (NICS) has been built alongside the Launceston General Hospital as part of the $110 million redevelopment of health services in the North.
The NICS was jointly funded by the Australian and Tasmanian Governments and University of Tasmania, with a capital and equipment budget of $22.5 million.
The NICS is located on the Frankland St side of the LGH, with reception directly inside the main entrance on ground level.
Facilities include clinical consulting rooms, podiatry clinic, counselling rooms, physiotherapy gymnasium, meeting rooms, demonstration kitchen, healthy foods coffee bar and the Launceston Clinical School.
Why do we need an Integrated Care Service?
The new Service has been developed to improve coordination of care for people living with, or at risk of, a chronic health condition.
The NICS team will focus on supporting individuals to manage and optimise their own health and wellbeing through support, education and timely referral to appropriate services.
A priority will be to enhance communication between GPs and other health care providers to build better care pathways for people living with chronic illness.
Northern Integrated Care Services
The NICS provides a range of services for people living with or at risk of a chronic condition. These include:
- John Morris Diabetes Centre
- Diabetes Demonstration Service
- Pulmonary Rehabilitation (Lung Boosters)
- Cardiac Rehabilitation
- Tasmanian Medicare Local
- Refugee Health
- Northern Tasmanian Spinal & Continence Support Service
- Specialty Medical Clinics
Training and Research
The NICS brings the University of Tasmania's Launceston Clinical School onto the LGH site. This convergence of teaching and clinical care will make a significant contribution to training future health professionals.
The NICS will also coordinate research to determine which methods of chronic disease prevention and management work effectively. This will be particularly important to Tasmania's ageing population and the rising incidence of chronic health conditions.
How to Get There
You can drive, catch a taxi, take a bus or arrange community transport. The free Tiger Bus service stops frequently on Charles St outside the LGH. Please contact Launceston City Council on 6323 3000 for details and a timetable. For community transport please call NICS reception on 6777 4145.
Paid car parking and free disabled parking is available under the NICS building on the lower ground level. Lift access is available to all levels and a 5-minute drop off zone is directly outside on Frankland St.
If you would like further information about the Northern Integrated Care Service, you can:
- Phone 6777 4145
- Fax 6336 2433
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Drop in 41 Frankland St Launceston