Accreditation ensures healthcare organisations maintain the highest standards of quality & safety and deliver continuous service improvements. All hospitals and day procedure centres must undergo systematic assessments to maintain their accreditation through the Australian Health Service Safety and Quality Accreditation Scheme, this ensures they have rigorous and consistent working systems in operation at all times.
The scheme comprises 10 National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards developed by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (ACSQHC):
- NSQHS Standard 1: Governance for Safety and Quality in Health Service Organisations
- NSQHS Standard 2: Partnering with Consumers
- NSQHS Standard 3: Preventing and Controlling Healthcare Associated Infections
- NSQHS Standard 4: Medication Safety
- NSQHS Standard 5: Patient Identification and Procedure Matching
- NSQHS Standard 6: Clinical Handover
- NSQHS Standard 7: Blood and Blood Products
- NSQHS Standard 8: Preventing and Managing Pressure Injuries
- NSQHS Standard 9: Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care
- NSQHS Standard 10: Preventing Falls and Harm from Falls
Adelaide Surgicentre first achieved Day Surgery Accreditation status in 1998, when the facility was named Hill Day Surgery and operated from the Wakefield Clinic. Accreditation was certified through the ACHS Evaluation and Quality Improvement Program (EQuIP). The facility changed name to Adelaide Dermsurgery in 2007. In 2009, following the move to Kent Town and the addition of Oculoplastic Surgery services, there was a further name change to the current name of Adelaide Surgicentre. We aim to provide the highest standard of patient care in the diagnosis and management of patients suffering from skin cancer, selected other skin conditions and eyelid disease. Day Surgery Accreditation has been continuous from 1998 and in 2016 we transferred our certification to TQCS International.
Visit the TQSC International website: www.tqcsi.com
In April 2018 Adelaide Surgicentre once again achieved ongoing accreditation against the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (National Standards) at our surveillance audit, conducted by TQCSI which assessed us against Standards 1 to 3 (Clinical Governance, Partnering with Consumers and Preventing Healthcare Acquired Infections). We achieved a Satisfactorily Met rating in all 109 actions with 6 observations raised, which we have taken on board to make further improvements to our system. Our next audit is scheduled to occur in October 2019, where we will be assessed for recertification against Version 2 of the National Standards. We are currently working towards updating our system to meet the new requirements of these Standards, which build on the existing Standards and include an increased focus on patient and consumer partnerships, promoting health literacy and ensuring our systems are responsive to all patients, including those of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander descent, those with cognitive impairment and/or mental health issues.