Winter plan to ease health system pressure

The Winter Demand Management Plan 2019 will ensure our health system provides the right care in the right place at the right time during the busy winter months this year.

Tasmania’s health agencies have worked together in the lead up to winter to increase capacity at each of our major hospitals around the state for Tasmanians in need of care.

The Tasmanian Health Service is reducing bottlenecks such as the discharge of medications, diagnostic testing and ay treatment services needed before patient discharge.

New processes will include smoother patient flow, and better demand management for beds and for inter-facility transfers.

Tasmanians can also play their part in reducing health system pressures by keeping themselves well this winter.

The single most effective way for Tasmanians to protect themselves, their loved ones and the community from severe illness this winter is having a flu vaccination.

See your GP or some pharmacists for immunisation or more information – this year, the Government is extending flu vaccinations in pharmacies to 10-year-olds and over.

All Tasmanians over six months will benefit from vaccination and many people are eligible for free immunisation – visit www.flu.tas.gov.au for more information.

It is also important for all Tasmanians to practice good personal hygiene such as regularly washing their hands, covering coughs and sneezes, and staying home while sick.

Another way Tasmanians can help is to save Triple Zero (000) and Emergency Departments for a medical emergency.

Tasmanians can find more information about the Winter Plan and helpful winter health tips at www.health.tas.gov.au/winterplan

See your GP for medical advice or call healthdirect on 1800 022 222for free information 24-hours a day seven days a week.