21 Feb 2018
Minister for Health
The Territory Labor Government is improving health outcomes with a new Medical Retrieval and Consultation Care Centre (MRaCC) opened in Alice Springs.
The Minister for Health Natasha Fyles officially opened the new centre today saying it’s a much needed addition to the Alice Springs Hospital.
“Central Australian residents want and deserve access to high quality medical retrieval services,” she said.
“We’ve listened to concerns around the existing model for medical retrieval and we’ve taken action to improve it.”
Minister Fyles said the new MRaCC brings the Northern Territory into line with the retrieval services offered in other jurisdictions around Australia.
“The centre will be operating around the clock to provide medical retrieval service delivery for acute care cases, inter-hospital transfers, repatriation of patients back to country and consultation for acute cases managed in remote communities,” she said.
The new MRaCC will improve patient outcomes by:
Minister Fyles said the MRaCC will also improve the efficiency of the Alice Springs Hospital Emergency Department.
“Remote advice and retrieval supervision has been part of the clinical workload of the Alice Springs Emergency Department,” she said.
“Having a dedicated MRaCC means our Emergency Department and Emergency Clinicians can focus on their core business.”
MRaCC started operating from Monday this week.
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