The new Medical Assessment and Planning Unit (MAPU) at Canberra Hospital was a tangible demonstration of the ACT Government’s commitment to improving health services for the people of Canberra and surrounding regions, ACT Minister for Health, Katy Gallagher MLA, said today.
Opening the new 14-bed unit, Ms Gallagher said the MAPU model of care was a strategy to streamline admission and intervention processes, facilitate early consultant review and expedite multidisciplinary review.
“A MAPU is a unit designed as a short-stay ward specifically staffed and equipped to receive medical inpatients for assessment, care and treatment,” Ms Gallagher said.
“Timely transfer to a dedicated inpatient setting can reduce overall length of stay and achieve better outcomes for patients.
“A flow on benefit of the MAPU will be to enhance the capacity of the Emergency Department by implementing the early transfer of these patients.
“This purpose built unit, built at a cost of approximately $1.25 million and with 14 new beds, will provide a better environment for complex medical patients to have their diagnoses confirmed and treatment commenced.”
The new unit will receive recurrent funding of $2.88 million per annum.
Date 14 May, 2007
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