Geelong Hospital provides high quality, safe people-focused care for the community in the Geelong and south western Victoria region.
Health services available through Barwon Health cover the full spectrum from emergency and acute, to mental health, primary care, community services, aged care and sub-acute/rehabilitation.
- Quality care: to provide you with quality and safe health care from appropriately qualified and experienced staff
- Access: to provide health care, interpreting services, and pastoral care to all people without bias or discrimination
- Information: to provide you with information about your choices and treatment options in an understandable language
- Privacy and dignity: to respect your privacy, confidentiality and cultural background
- Safety: to provide care within a safe and secure environment
- Cooperation: by participating and cooperating with an agreed treatment and care program
- Respect and courtesy: by helping to keep a safe and comfortable environment in relation to noise, alcohol, smoking and treating other patients, clients, visitors and staff in an appropriate manner
- Commitment: by keeping scheduled appointments, or if you are unable to attend, notifying staff preferably 24 hours prior to the appointment
- Personal information: by providing staff with your relevant health information
- Payment of accounts: by paying any accounts and fees for which you are responsible
Your Right to Information
If you want to know more about your care, you can
- Ask a member of the clinical team treating you
- Get a second opinion if you like
- Choose another person or organisation to speak on your behalf
- Ask about the qualifications and experience of staff providing your care and treatment
- Ask to speak with the manager of the area treating you, regarding access to health information about you
- You can apply through Freedom of Information (FOI) legislation to see and receive copies of your health records. Our FOI officer can provide advice about making such a request. Phone 4215 1168 for enquiries. There will likely be a charge for this service. Read more.
Your 10 tips for safer health care
- Be actively involved in your own health care e.g. take part in decision making
- Speak up if you have any questions or concerns
- Learn more about your condition or treatment(s) by asking your health care professional and by using any other reliable sources of information
- If English is not your first language, you can request an interpreter
- Keep an up-to-date list of all medicines you are taking
- Make sure that you understand for what reason you are taking your medications
- Make sure that you obtain the results of any test or procedure taken
- Talk to your health care professional about your options if you are admitted to hospital.
- Make sure you, your doctor and your surgeon understand and agree on the operation or procedure
- Ask your health care professional to explain to you the treatment plan you will be managing when you return home from hospital.