Accreditation involves a visit to the hospital from an independent team of expert health professionals who review the quality and safety of services provided. Our achievements are measured against best practice by this review team. Hospitals are measured against over 40 separate criteria including patient care planning, medication management, the consent process, medical records, infection control, complaints management and staffing. Hospitals receive a rating for each one of these criteria.
The MA (Marked Achievement) rating is required to attain ACHS accreditation. For hospitals accredited by ACHS, a higher level of award is sometimes given – this is referred to as “EA” or “extensive achievement”.
Darwin Private Hospital was awarded 100% marked achievement (MA) ratings for all criteria and achieved ongoing accreditation until 2012.
It was noted in the surveyors report that the survey team was “very impressed with the warm and friendly culture of the hospital and the strong commitment from staff for the provision of safety across the organisation.”
It was also noted that “it was evident that there was a high level of commitment to quality services being maintained. A clear culture of quality improvement continues, with an increasing breadth of staff involved in quality activities underpinned by a clinical governance and risk management approach”.
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