Brighton and Zillmere healthcare hubs providing better access to centralised care
Centralised and more accessible care will be available to older patients and people with an acquired brain injury following the relocation of services to Brighton Health Campus and Zillmere.
The former Bracken Ridge based Jacana Acquired Brain Injury service is now the Brighton Brain Injury Service with 30 long-term rehabilitation patients moving to the seaside campus.
Metro North’s Executive Director of Community and Oral Health Tami Photinos said staff have been working very closely with families, patients, clients and staff to identify and deliver improved care.
“We have relocated 30 of our long-term patients from the Jacana Acquired Brain Injury Centre at Bracken Ridge to the Brighton Health Campus,” Ms Photinos said.
“This relocation was carefully considered, and will provide one of our most vulnerable patient groups better access to community and rehabilitation resources which is very important for their health and wellbeing.”
The renamed Brighton Brain Injury Service will provide better rehabilitation options for patients including access to a modern rehabilitation gym and allied health therapies, which will better assist them to more effectively transition back into the community.
Ms Photinos said as part of the new Brighton Brain Injury Service all acquired brain injury patients will now have access to their own single rooms and there will be better access to an onsite café and local amenities for families.
At the same time, Metro North has expanded its Zillmere facility to a 60-bed Residential Transition Care service for frail and elderly patients who need short-term care while they transition from hospital back into the community.
“This facility has been fully refurbished, is designed specifically for older persons care and has been successfully delivering high quality care to the older person for the past two years,” Ms Photinos said.
“Short-term transition care patients have now moved to Zillmere, and this has allowed them to be closer to The Prince Charles Hospital and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.”
In addition, the 28-bed Interim Care service which provides longer-term care for the elderly as they transition to a nursing home has now successfully relocated from Zillmere to the Brighton Health Campus.
Ms Photinos said the team were committed to enhancing and expanding services at Brighton Health Campus in line with the Vision for Brighton, to create a thriving community healthcare hub, and ensuring community services were delivered where needed.
“Brighton Health Campus will remain a home for long-term residents, and a high-class rehabilitation centre which provides better options for patients that need assistance to more effectively transition back into the community,” she said.
“Brighton Health Campus will continue to offer responsive and innovative care and support for older and vulnerable people and their care givers, and would continue to grow with the local community.”
Community services and facilities play an important role in the care provided across the Metro North Hospital and Health Service, and supports patients transitioning safely from hospital to the community.
For further information about Community and Oral Health please visit https://metronorth.health.qld.gov.au/ciss/