In June, 2016 the State Government launched a new Community Rapid Response Service.
This is part of the Government's commitment to improving how it delivers health to ensure better results for all Tasmanians.
The Community Rapid Response Service is providing quality care in the community for people with chronic and complex illnesses and help to keep them out of hospital,
The service is being piloted over the next year starting at the Newstead Medical Practice in June, 2016 before being rolled out to all practices across the greater Launceston area.
This is happening in close consultation with GPs and other key stakeholders.
The new service provides treatment for people who need short-term intermediate care that can be safely delivered in the community or in the home.
It is available to people with acute illness or injury and to people whose chronic and/or complex condition has deteriorated in a way that would otherwise see them present at an emergency department and possibly be admitted to hospital.
Treating patients in the community frees up hospital beds, meaning more medical and surgical services for more patients.
The Launceston pilot will be subject to a rigorous evaluation before a planned phased roll out of the service across the state.
The service works on the principle that a patient's care is shared between their usual GP and community nursing and other health professionals.
Treatment is being provided wherever it best meets the patient's needs which might be in their home, in a residential aged care facility, or in a community health centre.
This provides better outcomes for patients, including for those with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
The new Community Rapid Response Service continues the rebuilding of our health system under the 'One State, One Health System, Better Outcomes' reform.
It is one more example of what we are doing to make sure than all Tasmanians get the right care, in the right place, at the right time, by the right staff.