Leading Better Value Care
Local vignette – South Eastern Sydney LHD

Chronic wound management

Access to wound care products – a clinician's perspective

By Kate Dobinson

29 Apr 2021 Reading time approximately

What is important to know about your service?

South Eastern Sydney Local Health District is one of the largest local health districts in Sydney, covering a geographical area of 468 square kilometres from Sydney’s central business district to the Royal National Park. The district delivers health care to around 930,000 residents across the local government areas of Woollahra, Waverley, Randwick, Bayside, Kogarah, Hurstville and the Sutherland Shire. The district also provides a key role in helping residents of Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands.

What organisational model do you use?

Access to wound care products.

What is special about the way care is delivered that is valuable for others to know?

The district reviewed the NSW State Contract 264 – Wound Care. The aim of the review was to select a range of products that met all wound care needs, offer cost efficiencies, standardisation opportunities, capture and catalogue all non-stock purchases, redirect to inventory where possible, and to develop an online catalogue for our end users.

The wound care catalogue is categorised by dressing type and includes pictures of the dressings, as well as all the ordering details, making it easy for staff to select appropriate products.

A companion document describes options for organisational models in wound care. One option is access to wound products – this vignette describes the model from a local perspective.

How does it make a difference?

Quality, cost-effective wound care products have been selected to ensure our patients get the best care at better value.

What tips do you have for others?

  • Ensure you capture relevant multidisciplinary representation and views.
  • Appointing a clinical chairperson was crucial to the process. This ensured good engagement and fostered an ownership approach supported by district procurement.

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