Cairns West Medical Centre is a leading specialist health provider in general practice services to the Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) sector.
One of the most significant factors in providing quality residential aged care is to ensure that there is sufficient medical expertise provided by skilled practitioners at the RACF.
Aged-care residents, particularly those in high care, need readily available access to a doctor – perhaps more than any other members of society. The clinical care outcomes of our residents will always be our primary focus.
We have developed a medical service that incorporates the best practice for residential aged care, namely the chronic care model that addresses not only the residents’ complex health needs but also supports the facilities accreditation and funding needs.
The doctors already offer a professional, personalised, comprehensive & convenient general practice care to several nursing homes and residents of aged care facilities.
GP’s ensure that quality care is delivered through participation in important programs such as
Comprehensive Medical Assessments (CMA’s): prompt documentation of diagnoses and medical directives for Aged Care Funding Instrument (ACFI) purposes & Identifying medical/nursing interventions that are relevant to ACFI
Contribution to a resident’s Care Plan: collaborative approach to caring together with the RACF
Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMR’s): reduces polypharmacy and its consequences contributing to improved clinical indicators
Participation in case conferences and family meetings: maintains a collaborative relationship with the resident, relative and multidisciplinary team – assisting recipients of care to achieve active control of their own lives within residential care service
Your specialist healthcare services to the aged care community is designed to encourage stronger engagement with life and ultimately, to equip those under care with the delivery of the highest quality of medical services.
Why the doctors at Cairns West Medical Centre should be your only choice for your loved one
They realise the importance of communication with families and residents. While their focus is always on the care and needs of their residents, they also understand what you and your family are going through.
The benefits of the doctors at Cairns West Medical Centre looking after your loved ones include:
A unique GP and RACF nurse partnership that effectively guarantees the selected pair attending to your family member at the RACF become their ‘personal’ doctor and nurse.
They take lead of the patient doctor relationship directly by initiating clear and honest communication with the family members and the aged care facility team.
The ability to interact with your family member’s health team quickly and efficiently; frequent communication also ensures continuity and increasing familiarity with the patient, ultimately promising a closer link between the patient, family and their doctor-nurse team.
A distinctive collaborative health care approach by a GP-nurse team that is second to none. Two registered practitioners looking after your family member together, consistently safeguards against disjointed care separately by a different doctor and nurse visiting at separate times.
Having a GP-nurse team who are regularly on-hand and can build a rapport with residents is one of the keys to good health.
Making sure that your loved one at the facility has a positive and great experience with their medical team because you know that a GP and nurse are going to be there every week and can see your loved one if they are sick or need to be seen giving you peace of mind.
What your loved one can expect from the team:
A systemic and structured annual health care plan
A comprehensive medical assessment
A residential medication management review
Multi-disciplinary case conferences, family meetings where needed
Scheduled long and standard nursing home visits in accordance with the annual health care plan
Care plan contributions
Personalised and individually tailored well-being guidance and advice
Frequent and updated medicine reviews
Patient’s prescriptions written in consultation with other third party health providers to ensure their best interests are preserved and to maintain their quality of life
Peace of mind knowing that when your GP takes leave there is always another practitioner available ensuring uninterrupted consistency of care
Enquiries for other nursing homes interested in partnering with Cairns West Medical Centre or from families who would like their loves ones cared for by the doctors at the medical centre can be directed to our Practice Manager.