Move to the country pays off for Carolyn

The Bendigo Advertiser is continuing to publish a series of profiles on some of the people helping to build the new Bendigo Hospital.

CAROLYN Ball loves looking out over the new Bendigo Hospital project site.

Ms Ball is Bendigo Health's Electronic Medical Record project change manager and watches the building's progress from her office in the current hospital.

"It is incredibly exciting," she said.

"One of the highlights for me is filling up my water bottle or getting a cup of tea in the morning when I get to work and looking out the window and seeing the new hospital being built.

"That is a real buzz."

Ms Ball started working on the Electronic Medical Record project in October.

"Knowing that what I'm working on fits into the new Bendigo Hospital project, for me, that's such a great opportunity," she said.

"I'm recently new to Bendigo as well.

"I've returned to the country after many years away in Melbourne and I feel incredibly fortunate to be part of a project that is going to do something so wonderful for the community."

Ms Ball said the  Electronic Medical Record project was about going from a paper-based system to a paper-light system.

"We'd love to have a paperless system but when you're transitioning from the way people are used to working into a new way of working we realise that it is going to be a transition process," she said.

"My role is to support staff in that transition.

"I don't have a clinical background so the head of ED walked me around and when a patient comes to the ED window there are many forms that need to be completed.

"In the future we hope to be able to put the information straight into a system and the system will capture the data."

Keep an eye on the Bendigo Advertiser's Hospital HQ page at for the next hospital profile. 

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