The Board held its final meeting of the year at Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital last week and had the opportunity to meet with many staff.
During the visit a number of Board Members toured Surgery, the Geriatric Evaluation and Management Service, and Neurology. Deputy Chair Dr Kim Forrester also visited security staff who do an excellent job in protecting staff and patients in the face of increased violence against healthcare workers.
As part of our normal meeting agenda, the Board was briefed by the Chief Executive on the key issues affecting Metro North, and received management reports on operations, finance, patient safety and quality, and human resources. In addition, we received updates on the Medicine Stream and Metro North’s plan for responding to mass casualty incidents, and approved the business case for proton therapy to be submitted to the Department of Health Investment Review Committee.
Dr Amanda Dines also provided an update on planning for the RBWH 150th anniversary celebrations next year. Associate Professor Cliff Pollard has been involved in the steering group for the 150th and Members of the Board are looking forward to joining staff next year to commemorate this significant milestone for Queensland’s largest hospital.
While at the Royal, the Board had opportunity to hear from several clinicians on their research and clinical breakthroughs, including Dr Geoff Coughlin on robotic surgery, Professor John Fraser on the bionic heart program, Dr Kevin Tetsworth on biofabrication and bone implant integration, Professor Jason Roberts and Dr Krispin Hajkowicz on antimicrobial resistance, and Associate Professor Julie McGaughran on genomics.
At the two staff forums, we discussed solutions for long stay patients in RBWH, the relocation of the GEMS ward, referrals from outside Metro North to RBWH’s statewide services, and the need, where practical, for single gender bays to promote patient dignity. Thank you for your questions.
Our next Board meeting will be in February at The Prince Charles Hospital. If you have any questions or feedback you’re welcome to contact us email@example.com.
In the meantime, on behalf of the entire Board, I wish you and your loved ones a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.