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MercyAscot signs pledge with Open for better care

At a recent gathering at MercyAscot, Associate Health Minister Jo Goodhew congratulated MercyAscot for becoming the first private provider to sign up to the national patient safety campaign, Open for better care.

The Open for better care campaign is being led by the Health Quality & Safety Commission and is working in partnership with First, Do No Harm in the Northern region.

In front of a small group of MercyAscot clinicians and staff along with Open for better care and First, Do No Harm personnel, MercyAscot Managing Director Andrew Wong welcomed the group and commented that the hospital is delighted to be the first private provider to sign up in support of the national campaign. Having recently joined the First, Do No Harm regional activities focusing on reducing harm from falls and pressure injuries, MercyAscot were committed to the objectives of the Health Quality & Safety Commission through Open for better care.

In her address, Minister Goodhew commented “We are focusing on four key areas – falls, surgery, infections and medication. Some of the changes to improve patient care are quite simple, such as ensuring good hand hygiene practices. The campaign challenges all health care workers to acknowledge mistakes and see them as an opportunity to learn, change and improve.”

Speaking on behalf of the Health Quality & Safety Commission, Shelley Frost, Deputy Chair, talked about the successful partnering of Open for better care and First, Do No Harm. Mrs Frost said that the Commission was delighted to be partnering with the regional organisation, who had already contributed significantly to patient safety in the Northern region through their work with the four District Health Boards [Auckland, Counties Manukau, Northland and Waitemata] and residential aged care facilities.

First, Do No Harm and Open for better care look forward to a successful partnership with MercyAscot – working together to improve patient safety.