Photo: Award-winning effort: From left – Tambo PHCC Registered Nurse Isabel Pearce, Blackall Hub Director of Nursing Frances Harlow and Blackall and Tambo Senior Medical Officer Dr Debraj Mukherjee with the state-wide award plaque.

Tambo Primary Healthcare Centre has won a state-wide annual quality award for pathology testing,
coming top out of 110 participating remote health facilities in Queensland.

Central West Hospital and Health Service Blackall Hub Director of Nursing Frances Harlow said Tambo
was the overall winner of the remote sites category of the 2016 Point of Care Testing Excellence in
Quality Award.

The award was presented in Tambo today (7 February) by representatives of Health Support
Queensland which hosts the awards state-wide.

Point of care testing is pathology testing that is carried out on site at a health facility at the time of patient
consultation.

The results are available immediately, or within a very short period of time, thereby allowing a treating
clinician to make treatment decisions while the patient is still there.

“This avoids the need to send samples away to a distant laboratory and wait several days until the
results come back,’’ Ms Harlow said.

“Point of care equipment is a real benefit in rural and remote facilities where in-house pathology services
are not available.

“Nowadays, an increasing range of tests can be performed by trained staff using this equipment on very
small sample volumes in less than 10 minutes; including tests for glucose, haemoglobin, lipids,
electrolytes, urea and creatinine, blood gases, coagulation and cardiac markers.

“Tambo PHC and its staff recorded the highest results in the state in terms of maintaining staff training
levels on point of care equipment and delivering consistently successful test results.

“This is a signal result for such a small, remote and isolated facility.

“I would like to congratulate the staff of Tambo PHCC for their achievement and to thank our colleagues
in Health Support Queensland for the work they do in supporting pathology services in remote areassuch as ours.

“High quality results at the point of care can improve patient outcomes by adjusting treatment regimens
early in the management of acute and chronic diseases and illnesses.’’

The quality award has been presented annually since 2009 by Health Support Queensland, which
manages public pathology laboratories and oversees public health facility pathology testing processes
across the state

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