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Paediatric Ambulatory Care Service available in Fairfield LGA

29 July 2022

The Paediatric Ambulatory Care Service (PACS) at Fairfield Hospital provides specialist medical and nursing services to children who reside in the Fairfield Local Government Area.

The service is available seven days a week for patients requiring nursing care in the home.

PACS outpatient and medical review services are available Monday to Friday.

PACS hours:   

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm

Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am to 4pm (nursing services only)

PACS goals

  • Hospital avoidance where clinically appropriate
  • Improve networking between health facilities, GPs and the community
  • Promote a continuum of care for clients from hospital admission to the home and back again if required
  • Provide a service to appropriate acute care patients outside of the hospital environment

PACS services (not exhaustive)

  • Administration of intravenous antibiotics daily or BD only
  • Administration of injections
  • Cannulation
  • Management of central venous access devices
  • Blood transfusions and blood product support
  • Replacement of nasogastric and gastrostomy tubes
  • Intravenous drug infusion (eg Methylprednisone, iron)
  • Medical/nursing reviews of clients’ progress and liaison with GPs and/or VMO paediatrician
  • Speciality clinics including burns, eczema, enteral feeding, infant/neonatal review
  • Clinical education at home, schools, preschools. (eg asthma, epilepsy, enteral feeding)
  • Wound management
  • Contact PACS to discuss any other conditions requiring acute care services in the community/outpatient setting

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