Patients visiting two Cape York primary healthcare centres can now be even more confident in the top-level care they receive after the facilities received official accreditation.
The Weipa Community Wellness Centre and the Hope Vale Primary Healthcare Centre have recently been awarded the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners accreditation for the first time.
This means the facilities have met strict clinical criteria relating to their systems and practices which are in line with national and international health standards.
The only other primary healthcare centres within the Torres and Cape Health and Hospital Service to already hold this accreditation are Bamaga and Thursday Island.
Weipa CWC practice manager Daniela Ramirez said the award was the result of 12 months hard work by staff.
“Hopefully this will give peace of mind to patients that we are following the same practices that happen across the globe,” she said.
“Patients have been really happy that the service is here. The team has received really great feedback, not only for getting the accreditation, but for creating that capacity to see patients in an alternative setting than the emergency department.”
Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Executive Director of Medical Services Dr Marlow Coates said this was a major step forward in the delivery of health services in our communities.
“It moves us closer to achieving self-sufficiency at our primary healthcare centres,” he said.
Torres and Caper HHS Executive General Manager (South) Ian Power said accreditation at each facility would be regularly reassessed.
“I congratulate the staff at both these facilities for their efforts to attain this award which is a coup for their respective communities and patients,” he said.