You’re in safe hands

At Darwin Day Surgery we want you to know you’re in SAFE HANDS.

As of January 2013, the Australian Government introduced a new scheme requiring all Australian health services be assessed under a new national accreditation program launched by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare.

In 2018 the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Healthcare updated to the Second Edition of the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (NSQHS). Click here for the Consumer Fact Sheet on NSQHS Standards (second edition).

Many hospitals and day hospitals have been accredited continuously for decades, some not so regularly and a small number not at all. These standards now mean that every hospital nationally is meeting the same standards in patient care. The accreditation process involves the ongoing review of our performance against the set of 8 national standards covering a range of areas. It allows us to continually review and improve our processes and services, to ensure we our continually complying with these said standards. This involves an external auditor (Global Mark) reviewing our practices yearly and assessing our performance for re-accreditation every three years.

Outlined below is the 8 National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) Standards we are meeting to provide you with the highest quality of care.

Standard 1 Clinical Governance

Standard 2 Partnering with Consumers

Standard 3 Preventing & Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection

Standard 4 Medication Safety

Standard 5 Comprehensive Care

Standard 6 Communicating for Safety

Standard 7 Blood Management

Standard 8 Recognising & Responding to Acute Deterioration

In October 2013, Darwin Day Surgery became the first health service in the Northern Territory to pass accreditation against all 10 National NSQHS Standards. Following successful re-accreditation in 2016, we were awarded with 14 Met with Merit ratings. In October 2019 Darwin Day Surgery was able to meet the standards for recertification for Version 2 of the 8 National NSQHS Standard. Click here to see how we are meeting these standards and keeping you safe in the process.

To further ensure we are delivering high quality services, we have been assessed against another set of standards, with the International Standards Organisation (ISO 9001:2016), since 2007. These additional standards cover our Quality Management Systems. ISO 9001:2016 sets out the criteria for a quality management system to help us improve our overall performance through sound development initiatives to enhance our patient satisfaction.

We are also safeguarding our patients by adhering to the Australian Standard AS/NZS 4187:2014 for reprocessing of reusable medical devices in health service organisations. This is a critical component to ensure that hospitals correctly clean, disinfect and sterilise reusable instruments safely in order to prevent the risk of healthcare associated infections.

At Darwin Day Surgery we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service and care to our patients. We are constantly striving to excel in this area, and this was recognised by being awarded the winner of the 2014 Australian Business Quality Gold award for excellence in customer service, as nominated by one of our patients.

To ensure we are constantly meeting this high level of care, we ask our patients to provide us with feedback. This feedback is used to assess our service delivery, identify areas for improvement and devise strategies in enhancing the care provided to you as patients.

To provide us with your feedback complete our “Do you have a compliment, suggestion or complaint?” pamphlet available in our waiting room. Either:

In addition to the compliment, suggestion or complaint pamphlet, we also collate and evaluate patient’s satisfaction, by asking each of our patients on discharge to kindly fill in a patient satisfaction survey. Your feedback will then be formally recorded, collated and reviewed by our management team at their tri-monthly management review committee meetings.

Below are some of the kind words our patients have shared from our patient satisfaction surveys over the years.

  • “Very thorough, well organised and good information provided. Very friendly staff, facilities are modern and clean. Would definitely come back in the future, if need be. Would recommend to friends/colleagues.”
  • “The professional nature of the clinic, combined with an informative yet personable staff made my first experience less anxious and much more pleasurable.”
  • “I have been here multiple times and its always a special feeling; faces change but attitudes don’t. I thank you all.”
  • “The love and care provided by all staff. I felt very at ease and comfortable during my stay. Cannot speak highly enough of your staff and facilities. Thank you for taking such amazing care of me. Please keep up the great work.”
  • “The nursing staff was amazing. So caring, friendly and constantly keeping me updated and checking on me. Genuinely concerned and caring with a smile. By far the best nurses I have ever dealt with, made me feel so comfortable and were helping me overcome my concerns. Anaesthetist was very helpful and informative and caring also.”

Over the years we have also made some improvements to our facility and patient satisfaction from suggestions patients have made to us. Below are just a few of the changes we have implemented:

  • a patient identified that we were on the wrong location on google maps – we were unaware and made a change to this.
  • purchased more up to date magazines and more male orientated magazines following patients identifying that they were old and more female orientated.
  • decreased our waiting times for procedures by phoning patients if the doctor is running behind, after it was found that patients complained of waiting too long.
  • patient parking was made clearer and lighting improved.
  • notified NT Medical Specialists and Repromed, after there was some confusion over pre and post op patient information.
  • privacy screening between waiting room and patient change rooms