One Stop Urology Clinic up for award

Group of 5 staff on hospital ward
October 31, 2017

The Fiona Stanley Hospital (FSH) One Stop Urology Clinics have been nominated in the Overcoming inequities category for its work in improving access to specialist services for regional prostate cancer patients.

People living with cancer in regional and rural areas have poorer survival rates than those in major cities. Access to specialist care is often time consuming and expensive, with additional expenses for travel and accommodation.

To address these issues, the FSH Urology team designed a 'one-stop' model of care, which is unique in the public health setting.

The clinics, a one stop prostate clinic and a one stop haematuria clinic, are coordinated by a specialist urology nurse who ensures all appropriate investigations are done before the patient’s clinic appointment and follow-up arrangements are organised efficiently.

Patients can be notified of results via phone, which allows those with benign results who don’t require further specialist input to avoid unnecessary outpatient appointments.

The project has seen a reduction in wait times from referral to diagnosis, and a reduction in time and travel barriers for those accessing specialist cancer services.

It has also provided a significant cost saving to the PATS travel assistance scheme.

Head of Urology Prof Dickon Hayne said it was important to reduce barriers to access to ensure regional patients had the best chance of a positive outcome.

“We wanted to make it easier for regional patients by saving time and unnecessary travel when it comes to cancer assessment and diagnosis,” Prof Hayne said.

“We’ve gone some way to achieving that, and I’m tremendously proud of each individual who has contributed to this project.”

Winners to be announced at the awards dinner on 8 November.